Newbery, Frederick Raymond

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Frederick Raymond Newbery (Newbury)

356081, Private, 1/10th The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) (Territorial Force)
Died of illness after exposure to poison gas, 25 April 1920, aged 22
Buried at the Great Orme’s Head Cemetery, Llandudno

CWGC registered (Son of Thomas Bryant Newbery and Rose Newbery, of “Normanhurst”, Maelgwyn Rd, Llandudno)


Frederick Raymond Newbery, the son of Thomas Bryant Newbery and his wife Rose Maud Newbery (née Fothergill) was born in Kennington, London on 16 July 1897. The Census for 1901 records the family living at Cheriton, near Folkestone, Kent. Thomas Newbery was a hotel porter; Frederick (3) had a younger sister Dorris M (9 months). The family moved to Llandudno for in September 1906, Fred, as he was called, was admitted to St. George’s National School. The school register indicates that Thomas Newbery was working at the Grand Hotel, Llandudno. Fred transferred to Lloyd Street Council School in July 1907 and to John Bright County School in July 1911. Earlier that year in the Census of 1911, the family was recorded as living at “Normanhurst”, Maelgwyn Road, Llandudno. Fred now had a brother, Norman E (1). From 28 February 1912 until 3 April 1915, he was apprenticed to Lamport and Holt Ltd, a Liverpool shipping line.

Frederick Newbery joined the army on 10 April 1915. He enlisted at Liverpool into the 10th (Scottish) Battalion of The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), Territorial Force. His regimental number was 4457. He signed an agreement to serve overseas that same day. He spent some time in a provisional battalion before joining the 3/10th KLR on 8 October 1915. He embarked for Southampton on 18 November 1915 and joined the 1/10th KLR on 23 November 1915. Sometime in early 1917, Frederick was given the new regimental number of 356081. Fred was gassed on 22 July 1917 and was admitted to 16 General Hospital, Le Tréport on 24 July 1917. Having contracted dysentery, he was evacuated to England on 1 September 1917 and was convalescing in hospital until 9 November 1917. On 20 November 1917, Fred was posted to the 10th (Reserve) Battalion (formerly the 3/10th) KLR at Oswestry and was appointed acting lance corporal on 1 June 1918. He reverted to private on 17 October 1918, the same day as he disembarked in France. He arrived at H Infantry Base Depot at Étaples the following day and rejoined the 1/10th KLR on 1 December 1918. Frederick returned to England on 27 February 1919 and was demobilised on 29 March 1919.

Frederick Raymond Newbery died on 25 April 1920 at 101 Rowson Street, Wallasey aged 22. The cause of death was given as valvular disease of the heart and syncope. Fred’s address was given as “Normanhurst”, Llandudno and his occupation as ship’s officer (Merchant Service). His body was returned to Llandudno and he was buried at the Great Orme Cemetery.

Known memorials:

  • Llandudno Roll of Honour (as corporal)
  • Llandudno War Memorial
  • Memorial Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno
  • Ysgol John Bright Roll of Honour


Whilst the death certificate does not mention exposure to poison gas, it is worth comparing Frederick Newbery’s death with other poison gas victims:
1. Daniel Evans (qv) died in October 1919 of mitral stenosis and heart failure;
2. John Roberts (qv) died in February 1920 of mitral (a valve in the heart) valve disease and pneumonia.

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