Newell, Thomas (No. 6976739)

Newell, Thomas (Tom)

Private

No. 6976739, 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment

Died on active service on Friday 5 June 1942 (aged 32)

Buried:

Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya (Grave 10. A. 22)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website it is recorded that Private Thomas Newell (No. 6976739) was a son of James A. Newell and Ellen Newell of Newtownards.

Thomas Newell was born on 22 May 1910 at 67 Bright Street, Belfast and he was a son of James Alexander Newell and Ellen Newell (nee McClurg) who were married on 6 February 1910 in St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Church, Belfast.  James Newell (aged 21), a labourer from 19 Agnes Street, Belfast was a son of Thomas Newell, a labourer.  Ellen McClurg (aged 20), a packer from 26 Boundary Street, Belfast was a daughter of John McClurg, a labourer.

James Newell worked as a labourer and before moving to Newtownards the Newell family lived at 67 Bright Street, 14 Constance Street, 25 Chamberlain Street, and 36 Edith Street, Belfast.

James Alexander Newell and Ellen Newell (nee McClurg) had at least four children:

Thomas (born 22 May 1910 at 67 Bright Street, Belfast)

Unnamed male child (born 26 November 1911 in hospital at 51 Lisburn Road, Belfast)

Martha (born 25 February 1913 at 25 Chamberlain Street, Belfast)

William John (born 15 February 1915 at 36 Edith Street, Belfast)

Thomas Newell joined the Army in the 1930s and during the Second World War he served with the 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment in North Africa.  Private Thomas Newell (No. 6976739) was 32 when he died during heavy fighting on 5 June 1942 at Acroma in Libya and was buried in the Knightsbridge War Cemetery.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

CHRIST SHALL JOIN EACH BROKEN LINK.

IN MEMORY OF A DEAR SON AND BROTHER, TOM