James Ernest (Jim) NEWLAND VC, MID

NEWLAND, James Ernest

Service Numbers: 2354, 2
Enlisted: 17 August 1914, Pontville, Tasmania
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Highton, Victoria, 22 August 1881
Home Town: Sheffield, Kentish, Tasmania
Schooling: Unknown
Occupation: Soldier
Died: Natural causes (heart disease), Caulfield, Victoria, 19 March 1949, aged 67 years
Cemetery: Brighton General Cemetery, Victoria
Methodist section
Memorials: Altona Meadows Laverton Honour Roll, Altona Meadows Old Laverton School Honour Board, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, Kentish Municipality Honour Roll Mural, Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll, North Bondi War Memorial, Werribee Honour Roll, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Private, SN 2354, 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse
11 Feb 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces (Boer War / Boxer Rebellion), Trooper, SN 2354, 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse

World War 1 Service

17 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 2, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pontville, Tasmania
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 2, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 2, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant, SN 2, 12th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Apr 1915: Wounded 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (arm)
2 Jun 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
15 Oct 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
1 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 12th Infantry Battalion
26 Feb 1917: Wounded German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages, 2nd occasion - GSW (face)
6 May 1917: Wounded Bullecourt (Second), 3rd occasion - Shell wound (shoulder)

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

Newland, James Ernest (1881–1949)
by Anthony Staunton

James Ernest Newland (1881-1949), regular soldier, was born on 22 August 1881 at Highton, Victoria, son of William Newland, labourer and later railway employee, and his wife Louisa Jane, née Wall, both Victorian born. No details of his education are known.

Newland embarked as a private in the 4th Battalion, Australian Commonwealth Horse, for service in the South African War on 26 March 1903. His unit arrived at Durban shortly before the peace treaty was signed and was soon back in Australia. He served with the Royal Australian Artillery in Victoria from July 1903 until September 1907 and was a policeman in Tasmania from March 1909 until August 1910 when he rejoined the regular army there. He served with the Australian Instructional Corps until enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 17 August 1914 as regimental quartermaster sergeant, 12th Battalion. On 27 December 1913, at Sheffield, Tasmania, he had married Florence May Mitchell.

https://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/newland-james-ernest-7827 (adb.anu.edu.au)



Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Captain J. E. Newland, who has been awarded the Victoria Cross, is one of a family of four who have served in the present war. Prior to the war he was on the permanent military staff in Tasmania. He has been wounded four times. Another brother, Lieutenant A. L. Newland, was killed in action  in November. Sergeant W. L. Newland, of Yarram, was wounded at Gallipoli, and returned to Australia, and Lieutenalit H. L. Newland 'is still fighting.  Captain Newland, who is a son of Mr. W. A. Newland, railway employee, of Laverton, was in the landing at Gallipoli, and saw service in the South  African war with Sergeant W. L. Newland.