Second Lieutenant Alexander Reginald Newton-King, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment

April 12, 2019

 

Remembering the Fallen:  on this day in 1915, Second Lieutenant Alexander Reginald Newton-King, 2nd Battalion, the Royal Irish Regiment, died of wounds received in action in Flanders.

The eldest son of Major Alexander Coote Newton-King, who was also serving at the time, he was educated at Marlborough College and attended the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.  He received his commission in January of 1914, and went to France with his regiment ten days after the outbreak of the Great War.

Second Lieutenant Newton-King saw action at the Battles of Mons, Le Cateau, the Marne, the Aisne, and at La Bassee, where there were heavy losses and many men were taken prisoner.   He was wounded twice, and was one of the first officers to receive the French military decoration, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour France. 

Second Lieutenant Newton-King has no known grave and is memorialised on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing at Ploegsteert, Hainault, in Belgium, as well as on the Abbotsham War Memorial in Devon.

Alexander, from Westward Ho! In Devon, was 20 years old.

 

 

 

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