John Newell was the son of Samuel and Elizabeth Newell. He was born about 1920. Flight Sergeant John Newell served as a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner with 37 Squadron of the Royal Air Force in World War Two. On 23rd May 1941, his Wellington bomber (Serial No T2812) was commencing a test flight from Shallufa in Egypt. The aircraft encountered technical problems after take-off and dived into ground whilst attempting a forced landing. Of the three crew on board, Flight Sergeant Newell was the only fatality.
The cemetery is situated less than a kilometre north-west of Ismailia town centre on the Port Said Road. The cemetery is contained within the main Ismailia Civilian Cemetery complex, access to which is via the large iron gates opposite the Bus Station.