Date of birth: 1880
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 5438
Regiment / Division: Australian Army
Battalion: 9th Battalion (Infantry)
Died: 26th February 1917 aged 37 years
Death Location: France
Life before the War
Charles was born in Southampton to parents Charles and Rhoda, born 1852 in Lymington, Hampshire.
Charles siblings were:
Ernest S b.1879
Frances Sarah b.1882
Harold Victor T b.1887
Georgina Amy C b.1890
Percy Leonard A b.1892
From the 1881 census through to the census of 1901 the family was living at 26 Blackberry Terrace, All Saints Parish, Southampton.
In 1881 Rhona was living at the address with her sons Ernest and Charles. Her husband, who was a Ships Steward, was away from home. He was back at home in 1891 and still employed as a Ship’s Steward.
Again in 1901 Rhona’s husband was away at sea. Ernest was employed by the Ordnance Survey as a Draughtsman, Frances was working in a Boot Shop and Harold was a Grocer’s Apprentice.
By 1911 Rhona was a widow and had moved to 22 Livingstone Road, Portswood, Southampton. Her daughter Georgina was working as a Dressmaker and son Percy had his own Grocer’s Shop. Harold had left home and with wife Nellie and children were living at 76 Bevois Valley Road, Southampton. He also was a Grocer which was his own business. Ernest was living at 218 Priory Road, Southampton with his wife and children and worked as a Lithographic Draughtsman.
There is no further trace of Charles Ethelbert after the 1881 census until he leaves England in 1912.
Outward Passenger List
Charles sailed from the Port of London, England on 17th April 1912 bound for Sydney, Australia. He gave his occupation as a Carpenter. He travelled 3rd Class. He gave Australia as his intended future permanent residence. He sailed aboard the Themistocles, a ship of the Aberdeen Line.
Australian War Memorial:
Service number: 5438
Unit: 9th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Date of death: 26 February 1917
Place of death: France
Cause of death: Died of wounds
Cemetery / memorial: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army
“Newbolt, Sergt, Charles, 5438. 9th Bn. Australian Inf. Died of wounds 26th Feb., 1917. Age 37. Son of Charles and Rhoda Newbolt, of 22, Livingstone Rd., Southampton, England”
National Roll of the Great War
“Newbolt, C., Sergt., Australian Imperial Forces.
He joined in 1916, and on completing his training in the following year was drafted to the Western Front. There he played a prominent part in many important engagements, and was killed in action in February 1917. He was entitled to the General Service and Victory Medals.
22, Livingstone Road, Portswood, Southampton”
Anthony and Helen Newbolt (great nephew of Charles Newbolt) informed us they visited Charles’ grave in Dernancourt in 2013 and planted a rose bush at the site of his grave. “Very moving and so peaceful.”
We thank them for their interest.
Researched by Becky Lonergan 2013.