20th September 1914

Private Albert Newell, serving with the 1st Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own), died on 20th September 1914. He is commemorated on war memorials at Bickenhill and Marston Green.

Soldiers Died in the Great War (available on the Ancestry website, free of charge from library computers) gives his place of birth in Ainsley [sic], Leeds and notes that he enlisted in York. His regimental number was 8208. Unfortunately, it seems that his service record was one of those destroyed by bombing in the Second World War.

His medal index card gives the Qualifying Date (the date he entered a Theatre of War) as 7th September 1914, less than two weeks before he was killed in action. The card notes the award of three medals: the 1914 Star and clasp (for service under fire in France or Belgium between 4th August and midnight on 22nd/23rd November 1914 (the end of the First Battle of Ypres)); the British War Medal (for service in a Theatre of War 1914-1918); and the Victory Medal (issued to all those who received a 1914/15 Star, and to most who received a British War Medal).

He was born in 1890 and is listed on the 1891 and 1901 censuses with his family in Leeds.

Albert Newell became a regular soldier and joined the Militia on 14th August 1906 in Leeds. He was aged 17 years and 6 months and he gave his parents, Richard and Mary, living in Hunslet, Leeds, as his next-of-kin. By the time of the 1911 census he was in India with the 1st Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment.

How he came to be in Marston Green/Bickenhill is not known, so please tell us if you have any further information about him or a photograph of him.

Heritage & Local Studies Librarian

Tel.: 0121 704 6934
email: heritage@solihull.gov.uk




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