NEWBOLD, John William Leslie

Private John William Leslie Newbold
140692 84th Training Reserve Battalion
161492 Machine Gun Corps

John William Leslie Newbold was born in 1899 in Selston, Notts, son of John Newbold coal miner deputy born Greasley and his wife Eliza (“Annie”) Smith  born Somercotes, Derbyshire.  Children born to John and Annie, were John William Leslie, Ruth Ellen Annie, Ada Florence, George Wilfred, twins Haydn Lawrence and Doris, Grace Leonora and Joan. His father had been married previously to Elizabeth Barton of Golden Valley so John also had an elder step brother named James Clifford Newbold born in 1891.

In 1911 the family was living at Franklin Road, Jacksdale. Father John is a coal miner deputy and eldest son James was a butcher. The Newbolds became well known as butchers in the area and for many years ran a butcher’s shop on the Selston Road, which extended back into Franklin Road.

John’s military record does not appear to have survived but his is listed on the Absent Voters Roll of 1918 with the 84th Training Reserve Battalion. His Medal Rolls Index Card indicates he later served with the Machine Gun Corps and was a recipient of the British War and Victory Medals.

In 1925 John married Florence Green and they had one daughter named Betty.

His father John died in 1947 and his mother Annie died in 1963, they are both buried at Westwood, St Mary’s.