Ormonde Irving NEWMAN

NEWMAN, Ormonde Irving

Service Number: 10456
Enlisted: 29 May 1915
Last Rank: Wheeler Corporal
Last Unit: 4th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Kensington Park, South Australia, 22 November 1892
Home Town: Canterbury, Boroondara, Victoria
Schooling: Melbourne C of E Grammar School
Occupation: Engineer
Died: Died of wounds, Belgium, 12 September 1917, aged 24 years
Cemetery: The Huts Cemetery, ​Dickebusch, Belgium
V C I, The Huts Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Camberwell War Memorial, MCC Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918 - Melbourne Cricket Club, Melbourne Grammar School WW1 Fallen Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

29 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Gunner
5 Jan 1916: Involvement Gunner, 10456, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '3' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Afric embarkation_ship_number: A19 public_note: ''
5 Jan 1916: Embarked Gunner, 10456, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, HMAT Afric, Melbourne
28 Jun 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Wheeler Corporal, 4th Field Artillery Brigade
12 Sep 1917: Involvement 10456, 4th Field Artillery Brigade, Third Ypres, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 10456 awm_unit: 4th Australian Field Artillery Brigade awm_rank: Whlr Cpl awm_died_date: 1917-09-12

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Biography contributed by Jenny Hart

His grandfather, William Irving, writing his autobiography said: 

News of Ormonde Newman my grandson who was on the western front in France were regularly being sent to us by his parents, communications from him coming through Howard Smiths office in London.

Ormonde Newman happening to be in the vicinity heard of his uncle George being at the war in hospital called on him and had a conversation with his uncle. This was the only occasion on which they met as shortly afterwards poor Ormonde was killed by a direct hit from a German shell (near Ypres, Belgium) when asleep in his dugout on the 12th September 1917. After two years of active service much lamented by his parents and his relatives and comrades in arms he was universally loved by all who knew him.



Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

ORMONDE IRVING NEWMAN who died of wounds on 12th September 1917 was the son of Mr. C. M. Newman. He was born in 1893 and was at the School from 1908 to 1910, and was in the athletic team each year and the football team in 1910. He won the half-mile under 14 at the sports in 1908. He left in 1910 and became an engineering student, which especially fitted him for the mechanical work on the big guns on which he was operating at the front. He became an ardent motor cyclist, and in 1912 won the V.M.C.C. 25-mile road race. Next year he won the V.M.C.C. reliability trial, and finished up in 1914 with the V.M.C.C. " Triumph " Cup. The "Australian Motorist," in writing about his winning the 25-mile road race, said: " Newman was an easy winner with the time of 28 minutes, only 2 seconds slower than the record over the same course. This was really an excellent performance on the part of the winner, particularly so as he is such a young rider . To have won the race would in itself have been a meritorious achievement under the circumstances, but a romp-home winner with fastest time,
and that only two seconds under the record, is indeed remarkably fine work."

He was in the Field Artillery Brigade when he was fatally wounded, and Major Derham, in writing to his parents, spoke enthusiastically of the great assistance he was on his gun, that at his job he had few equals, and that his work was always carried out with conscientiousness and thoroughness, and his place would be hard to fill. He was in his dug-out with two comrades, one of whom was Dick Bevan (Preparatory School in 1905), when a shell striking their dug-out ended both their lives.