Eric Charlton Newman

Date of birth: 1890
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 26674
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Machine Gun Corps
Battalion: Infantry
Died: 23rd September 1917 aged 27 years
Death location: Belgium


Life before the War
Eric’s father was James who was born in 1850 and died on 12th August 1923.  His mother was Rose Hannen, nee Charlton, who was baptised on 28th March 1853 in Wilton, Wiltshire and died on 22nd July 1942.  James and Rose married in 1872 Southampton. They had 12 children in all, Eric’s eleven siblings were:


Mabel Rose b.1873 d.1888 aged 15 years.
Ethel Maude b.1875 d. 6th March 1940.  Didn’t marry.
Hilda Margaret b.1877 e. 11th February 1959.  Didn’t marry.
Reginald Hannen b.1878
Muriel Gladys b.1880 d. 30th October 1960.  Didn’t marry.
Cecil Charlton b.1883 d. 29th October 1948.  Married to Edith.
Dorothy Isabel b.1885 d.1926.  Didn’t marry.
Grace Charlton b. 15th February 1888 d.1973.  Didn’t marry.
Beryl Hannen b. 6th March 1892 d.1979.  Didn’t marry.
Glyn Charlton b. 3rd June 1894 d.1983.  Didn’t marry.
Haldane Ralph Charlton b.1896 d.1927.  Married.


In the 1881 census the family were living at 41 East Park Terrace, Southampton.  James was employed as a Solicitor’s Clerk.

By 1891 the family had moved to Hawthorn Cottage*, The Common, Southampton and continued to live there at least until James died in 1923. James was still employed as a Solicitor’s Clerk.  They employed 3 servants – Cook Domestic, Nurse Domestic and Under Nurse Domestic.

James’s occupation is shown as a Law Clerk in 1901.  There are no employment details shown for any of the children.  They now have 2 servants – Cook Domestic and Nursemaid Domestic.

By 1911 James was a Managing Law Clerk.  The children now have employment with Ethel working as an Assistant Secretary with a Charity Company Firm, Muriel as an Artist, Eric was employed as an Auctioneers Clerk and Beryl has been hired as a Governess.  They have 2 servants – Cook Domestic and Housemaid. The census shows that James and Rose had 13 children in total, however 2 of children died prior to 1911. The cottage had 11 rooms.

Eric’s Father’s National Probate
“Newman James of Hawthorne The Common Southampton died 12 August 1923. Probate 23 November 1923 to Rose Hannen Newman widow. Effects £21226 12s 7d”

Eric’s Mother’s National Probate
“Newman Rose Hannen of Allum Green Cottage Lyndhurst Hampshire widow died 22 July 1942. Probate Llandudno 21 December 1942 to Philip Clement Mead solicitor. Effects £13034 7s 5d”

Sister Hilda’s National Probate
“Newman Hilda Margaret of 47 Heathersene Road Southampton spinster died 11 February 1959 at Knowle Hospital Fareham Hampshire. Probate 21 September 1959 to Grace Charlton Newman spinster. Effects £3247 3s 9d”

Sister Muriels’ National Probate
“Newman Muriel Gladys of 115 Burgess Road Southampton spinster died 30 October 1960 at Fenwick Hospital Lyndhurst Hampshire. Probate London 20 February 1961 to Beryl Hannen Newman and Glyn Charlton Newman spinsters. Effects £3879 12s 3d”

Brother Cecil’s National Probate
“Newman Cecil Charlton of 1 Warwick House Links Road Acton Middlesex died 29 October 1943 at Napiers Works Acton Vale Middlesex. Administration Llandudno 18 January 1944 to Edith Newman widow. Effects £386 15s 2d”

War Service
Eric gave his address as Hawthorne, The Common, Southampton, and his occupation was Land Agent.  Eric attested on 11th January 1915 in London and joined as a Private.  He initially joined the 18th (Service) Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.  He then asked for a transfer on 2nd July 1915 to the 3rd Battalion, Hampshire Regiment as he wanted to serve with his elder brother.  Eric was then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps on 8th March 1916.  On 3rd March 1917 Eric was promoted to Corporal, on 17th April 1917 he was promoted to Sergeant and then on 17th August 1917, at his own request, he reverted to Private.  On the 27th August 1917 Eric was drafted to France and was fighting in the 3rd Battle of Ypres when he was killed in action on 23rd September 1917.  He gave his father James as next of kin.  He also listed his mother and siblings.

Eric has a headstone in Southampton’s Old Cemetery.  He is also remembered with Honour at the Aeroplane Cemetery, Belgium (see photograph and plan below).  This cemetery, sited in the Ypres Salient and at one time forming part of No Man’s Land, was so-named on account of the wreck of an aeroplane which crashed nearby and which lay for some time in front of the cemetery’s cross of remembrance.




* Between 1961 and 1985 the site of Hawthorn Cottage was Southampton’s Zoo, opened and managed by the Chipperfield family.  It is now the site of the Hawthorns Centre and the base for Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery.

Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published.: 3rd August 2014
Updated: Insert dates here

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