Regiment : 2nd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 263080
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 31st March 1918
Buried : Commemorated on Pozieres Memorial, France, Panel 41.
Birthplace : Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall as W. Newey.
A photograph of Private C.W. Newey of Worcester can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 19th October 1918, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
Charles Newey was born in Worcester and baptised in Barbourne in 1894. He enlisted in the army at Worcester.
Charles was living with his widowed mother and widowed grandmother in Cornmeadow Lane.
Hardwicks Cottages, Bromwich Road, Worcester
Charles Newey, aged 16, locomotive engine cleaner (GWR)
At the same address: Rose Hannah (widowed mother), laundress on own account, John Hollis (boarder), blacksmith’s striker.
The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser’s Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along the Western Front during the First World War, beginning on 21st March 1918, which marked the deepest advances by either side since 1914. On this date the Germans launched operation Michael from the Hindenburg Line, in the vicinity of Saint-Quentin, France. The 2nd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was engaged in this action, which involved battles at the Somme crossings on the 24th March. Presumably, Charles Newey was a casualty of this action.
Charles Newey has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Pozieres Memorial.