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Alfred Newman with his wife Clara Emma in 1962
Alfred Newman with his wife Clara Emma (née Gilbert) in 1962.

Alfred Sydney Newman

Alfred Newman was the fifth of thirteen children of Alfred Newman, a brewer's labourer and his wife Harriet (née Cooper) of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

Alfred worked as a Basketmaker and enters this trade after receiving an apprenticeship grant from Bishop Laney's Charity in October 1899. The Cambridge Independent Press notes that he was granted the apprenticeship to learn basketmaking from Mr John Fear, basketmaker of Ely.

Alfred remains with John Fear Basket Manufacturer and Rod Merchant until 1917, when John Fear writes a letter reluctantly giving up his labour to serve in the First World War.

It appears that he resumed basketmaking production briefly in Kent, before joining the Northamptonshire Regiment and the Labour Corps.

He married Clara Gilbert of Littleport, Cambridgeshire, and the couple initially lived together at Clara's parents house. However, set up home back in Ely, and raised six children whilst living at 5, Waterside, Ely.

Sadly though, two of their sons predeceased them. Their oldest son, Wilfred, died of "an incurable illness" (a combination of Septicemia, Uretheral Fistula and TB of the Kidney) having been released from Addenbrooke's hospital months before.

Their youngest child, Owen Newman was killed in Singapore as a Prisoner of War aboard a Japanese Hospital Ship when it was destroyed by American forces.

A photo of Alfred holding his dog "Spot" outside his cottage appeared in a book in 1997 which was compiled by Cambridgeshire historians; Mike Petty and Pamela Blakeman which depicted Ely in a photographical history.

Further Details

23rd April 1883 at Church Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.




Military History


10th April 1969, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

Cambridge Crematorium, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England.

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