J. H. Newman
Service no. 3409
Private, London Regiment, 1st/24th Battalion
Enlisted at Kennington, resided at South Lambeth
Killed in action on 17 September 1916, aged about 18
Remembered at Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Information from the 1911 census
James H. Newman was a 13-year-old schoolchild in 1911. He lived with his parents and 6 of his 11 siblings in four rooms at 39 Horace Street, Stockwell. His father, James, 51, was a railway guard from Sturminster Newton, Dorset. His mother, Mary Jane, 51, was from Holt, near Wimbourne in Dorset. James’s sisters Maud and Violet, 19 and 15, were domestic servants.
Information from the 1901 census
James Henry Newman was 3 in 1901 and living at 39 Horace Street with his family. His parents were from Dorsetshire – father, also called James, was a 41-year-old railway breaksman from Sturminster Newton and his mother, Mary J. Newman and also 41, was from Wimbourne. The 5 children registered on the census were:
George W. Newman, 13, a milkman’s assistant
Annie Newman, 12
Maud M. Newman, 9
Bessie Newman, 6
Violet Newman, 5
James H. Newman, 3, named on the memorial
Information from the 1891 census
In 1891 the family were living at 35 Horace Street. James Newman senior is described as a railway porter. The census shows that there were two older children:
Elizabeth Newman, 7
Florence Newman, 5
George Newman, 3, and Annie Newman, 2, appear in the 1901 census
There was a lodger, James Cunningham, a 22-year-old cab driver born in Lambeth, and a visitor from Sturminster, 21-year-old Elizabeth A. Bleathman.
Information from the 1861 census
James Newman senior appears on the 1861 census as a one-year-old living in Sturminster. His father, George Newman, 25, was an agricultural labourer, married to 28-year-old Mary A. Newman, who like George was born in Sturminster. At that point they had two children, James and his two-year-old sister Ann. They lived at Church Street, Sturminster.