Public appeal for information on war brothers from Sutton

FAMILY AT WAR -- soldier Bill Newton (right) pictured during the First World War with his sister Olive and a brother. Do you have any more information on the family?
FAMILY AT WAR -- soldier Bill Newton (right) pictured during the First World War with his sister Olive and a brother. Do you have any more information on the family?

A public appeal has been launched to trace missing information about two brave brothers from Sutton who fought in the First World War.

All that local historian Lynne Weston has to go on is this photo, which she believes was taken during the war, possibly in 1916. It shows Bill Newton (right) with his brother and their younger sister Olive, believed to be aged about 12 at the time.

“Bill survived the war and was discharged, probably on health grounds, for which he received a pension,” says Lynne. “His father’s name was George, his mother was Sarah Ann, and the family lived on Short Street in Sutton.

“The photo was taken at Ashleys Studio on Outram Street in Sutton. It is likely that the second soldier in the photo is one of Bill’s older brothers, but I have no information on him.”

Both soldiers are pictured wearing the uniform of the Sherwood Foresters, for whom Lynne carries out research for their archives.

“It would be lovely to think there is a relative still in the area who can give more details,” she adds. “That would enable the two men to be commemorated on the Sherwood Foresters database.”

Anyone with information about the Newton brothers and their family is asked to contact Lynne Weston by e-mail at lynneweston68@aol.com.

Sutton woman Lynne is a respected historian and archivist working hard to ensure that fallen soldiers from the Ashfield area are properly honoured, particularly those who served in various regiments during the First World War.

At the Battle of the Somme in 1916, she herself lost two uncles, brothers Robert Marsh, 21, and George Marsh, 20, while her husband, Dennis, lost a great-uncle, Jesse Reeves, 23. The trio were friends from the Sutton area.