Newell, Hugh Thompson (No. 16985)

Newell, Hugh Thompson (Hugh)

Private

No. 16985, 5th Battalion, Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers)

Killed in action on Wednesday 25 August 1915 (aged 24)

No known grave

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 178 to 180)

Bangor and District War Memorial

Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque

Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum

Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor

Brother of Rifleman James Leslie Scott Newell (No. 18558)

BIOGRAPHY

Hugh Thompson Newell was born on 11 November 1890 in Castle Street, Bangor and he was a son of Hugh and Ellen Newell (nee Major) who were married on 3 May 1883 in Trinity (Second) Presbyterian Church Bangor.  Hugh Newell (aged 25), a labourer from Bangor was a son of Thomas Newell, a labourer.  Ellen Major (aged 19) from Bangor was a daughter of Robert Major, a labourer.

The Newell family lived at 6 Castle Square, Bangor.

Hugh Newell Senior worked as a labourer, scutcher and brick-maker and he and Ellen had eight children:

Thomas (born 19 February 1884 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Sarah Elizabeth (born 10 December 1885 in Moat Street, Donaghadee)

Walter Alexander (born 26 April 1888 in Abbey Street, Bangor)

Hugh Thompson (born 11 November 1890 in Castle Street, Bangor)

Robert Samuel (born 6 November 1893 in Castle Square, Bangor; died of pneumonia 9 January 1895 in Castle Square, Bangor aged 14 months)

James Leslie Scott (born 13 January 1896 in Castle Square, Bangor)

Helen Howarth (born 28 June 1898 in Castle Square, Bangor)

Charles Maguire (born 7 July 1900 in Castle Square, Bangor; died of debility 29 August 1900 in Castle Square, Bangor)

Five of the children, including Hugh and James, were baptised in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor.

All four surviving Newell brothers – Thomas, Walter, Hugh and Leslie – served in the Great War and two were killed.  Hugh was the first of the two brothers to die.

Hugh Thompson Newell and Ellen Rea were married on 9 December 1909 in Westbourne Presbyterian Church, Knockbreda, Belfast.  Hugh Newell (aged 19) from Bangor was a soldier.  Ellen Rea (aged 21), a stitcher from 8 Duke Street, Belfast was a daughter of Samuel Rea, a labourer.  Ellen already had a daughter, Elizabeth (Lillie) Doggart Rea, who was born on 19 June 1909 at 8 Duke Street, Belfast.

Hugh and Ellen Newell (nee Rea) had at least two children:

Hugh (born 19 August 1910 at 33 Church Street, Bangor when his father was a soldier)

Samuel (born 2 April 1912 at 29 Hunter Street, Belfast when his father was a civilian and working as a labourer)

The Newell family lived at 85 Hornby Street, Belfast before moving to Scotland where they lived at 12 Crawford Street, Partick.  Hugh Newell worked in Whiteinch as a foundryman before he re-joined the colours in Glasgow.

Private Hugh Newell served with the 5th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers and he was 24 when he was killed in action at Gallipoli on 25 August 1915.  He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Private Hugh Thompson Newell is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli; on Bangor and District War Memorial; on the Royal British Legion (Bangor Branch) Memorial Plaque; in the Comrades of the Great War (Bangor Branch) Album in North Down Museum and in Trinity Presbyterian Church Bangor.