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War hero brother I never had the chance to meet (From The Northern Echo)

August 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Sgt Newton lived in Ushaw Moor, near Durham City. A wireless operator, he was 21 when his plane developed engine problems and crashed, four miles from the end of a seven-hour training flight.

Hazel’s mother, Gertrude, named every pet budgerigar she ever had Tommy and could never bring herself to watch Remembrance Day parades on television. Her father, Herbert, watched, but cried every time.

via War hero brother I never had the chance to meet (From The Northern Echo).

Family of Sergeant Thomas Raine Newton sought From The Northern Echo

August 13, 2010 1 comment

Sgt Newton’s parents were Mr and Mrs Bert Newton, of Laurel Avenue, Sherburn Road, Durham, but he lived with his aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Aberdeen, in Broom Lane, Ushaw Moor, near Durham City.

After attending Ushaw Moor Council School and being a member of the Ushaw Moor Church Lads’ Brigade, the young Thomas Newton worked as a painter and at Bearpark cokeworks.

A keen sportsman, he won medals for his football achievements.

via Family of Sergeant Thomas Raine Newton sought From The Northern Echo.