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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 appears in official records with this trade between at least 1901-1937.

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, Church Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.




10th April 1969, Ely, Cambridgeshire, England.

Cambridge Crematorium, Cambridgeshire, England.

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