Barry Stuart Newton

232569, Lieutenant, 12th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

Killed In Action on the 2nd April 1945 aged 22.

Lieutenant Barry Stuart Newton

Barry Newton was the only son of Sir Charles & Lady Newton of East Grinstead who were resident at the Cromwell Hotel in Stevenage. He left Eastbourne College and joined the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in August 1941 and was posted to the Regiment's 12th Battalion in March 1943. He was with them when they landed at the Normandy town of Courseulles - Sur - Mer on the 17th June 1944.

On the 27th June the Battalion was in support of an attack on the villages of Vendes & Rauray. His platoon cleared the church at Le Manoir and he was discussing its use as a platoon HQ with his Sergeant when suddenly the church spire fell at his feet. It had been blown there by a shell from a Tiger tank, which was discovered to be only 40 yards away from their position. The battalion was ordered to withdraw which enabled the platoon to bring in their wounded, Barry Newton amongst them. Barry rejoined the battalion on the 15th August 1944 and served with " B" company during its push through France, Belgium and  Holland.

On the 2nd April 1945 the battalion was part of the advance guard for the 43rd Division in its move to cross the Twenthe canal in the region Southwest of Hengelo. A reconnaissance by some forward elements found no sign of the enemy and it was decided to try and make a crossing at a lock where there was a bridge linking the canal banks. However, it was difficult to see the enemy layout on the opposite side of the canal so any likely enemy positions were first shelled. As soon as the first Rifleman went over the canal bank the enemy reacted with a vengeance. A deadly cross fire from heavy machine guns swept across the bridges and their approaches. The two leading platoons attempted to fight their way across but they were soon pinned down. By now shell and mortar fire had caught the third platoon in open ground near the canal bank where they were almost completely annihilated. Casualties were so high that the whole assault had to be called off. It was at a point during this action that Barry was killed.

He is buried in the Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Holland. (14. E. 3.)

Headstone Inscription: "Precious Memories Of Our Dear Son Barry. So Deeply Loved, So Sadly Missed"

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