Alan John NEWLANDS MC

NEWLANDS, Alan John

Service Numbers: 124, S213034
Enlisted: 19 August 1914, Morphettville Racecourse SA Australia
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Terrowie, 29 December 1889
Home Town: Croydon, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Civil Servant
Died: Natural Causes, Adelaide South Australia Australia, 7 February 1967, aged 77 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Terowie Institute Honour Board
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World War 1 Service

19 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 124, Morphettville Racecourse SA Australia
14 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 124, HMAT Ascanius
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, 124, 10th Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, 124, 10th Infantry Battalion
23 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 124, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, Battle for Pozières
11 Apr 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 124, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, Bullecourt (First)
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 124, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, Bullecourt (Second)
31 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 124, 3rd Light Trench Mortar Battery, Third Ypres
11 Nov 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Captain, 10th Infantry Battalion
29 Jan 1921: Discharged AIF WW1

World War 2 Service

30 Nov 1939: Enlisted Australian Army (Post WW2), 124, Keswick, South Australia
20 Feb 1944: Discharged Australian Army (Post WW2), Captain, S213034, Last Posting: R of O Area 43A

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Biography

Captain Alan John Newlands MC (seated) from Croydon, South Australia, was the son of Senator Sir John and Lady Newlands. A 25 year old civil servant prior to enlisting on 19 August 1914, he embarked for overseas as a Sergeant (service number 124) with the 10th Battalion from Adelaide on 20 October 1914 aboard HMAT Ascanius.

After serving at Gallipoli, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in March 1916 and transferred to the 3rd Brigade Trench Mortar Battery in Egypt in April 1916.

While serving with that unit on the Western Front, he was promoted to Lieutenant in June 1916 and then made a Temporary Captain in February 1917.

While Commander of the battery, he was awarded a Military Cross (MC) for courage particularly in operations at Bullecourt, France in April and May 1917 and at Glencorse Wood, Belgium in September 1917. He was wounded in action in May 1917 and evacuated to England for medical treatment.

After returning to his unit in France, he was confirmed in the rank of Captain on 22 December 1918. Captain Newlands left England to return to Australia on 6 September 1920 and his appointment in the AIF was terminated on 29 January 1921. 

From the caption of the AWM image E04066

Alan Newlands resumed his employment with South Australian Railways.  He was a member of the Railways Sub Branch from 1926 until 1957.  He married Jessie N. DRY in the March quarter of 1917 in Hendon, Middlesex, England and had two children, Joan and Brian.

His parents were John NEWLANDS and Theresa GLANCY

 

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