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9988   Private Joseph Newell
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 01/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 07/07/1894
Died: 21/10/1914 (Killed in Action)
Age: 20
Joseph Newell was a son of Rachel and William Newell. He was born on 7th July 1894 in Stewartstown. He was on of twelve children. The family lived at North Street, Stewartstown. His father was a general labourer. Joseph joined the army at young age. From 1912 he was an officer’s servant. His master, with whom he was very popular, was medically unfit for active service. Private Joseph Newell elected to go to the front. He was serving with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Wednesday 21st October 1914.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Ploegsteert Memorial
  Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, 
Grave Ref: Panel 5
CWGC Casualty 1642934
The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in Berks Cemetery Extension, which is located 12.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on the N365 leading from Ieper to Mesen (Messines), Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg (N336). 3.5 Kms along the N336 lies a fork junction with the N365. The N365, which forms the right hand fork, leads to the town of Mesen. The Cemetery lies 3 Kms beyond Mesen on the right hand side of the N365, and opposite Hyde Park Corner Royal Berks Cemetery.
Local Memorial Details

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1 Stewartstown Cenotaph - WWI Stewartstown
2 Donaghenry Church Of Ireland Roll Of Honour WWI Stewartstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW1 26
References and Links
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1 1901 Census lists Newell family 1901 census lists Joe as age 6, living with family at house 80 in North Street, Stewartstown,
2 1911 Census lists Newell Family 1911 Census does not list Joseph as living with the family at house 29 in North Street, Stewartstown
3 National Archives of Ireland Last Will and Testament of Joseph Newell
4 National Archives UK Medal card can be purchased here
5 Private John Newell Brother of Private Joseph Newell
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023