Category: Military
Rank: Private G/12593
Regiment or Ship: 9th Bn Royal Sussex Regiment
Service Number(s): G/12593
Occupation: Assistant Butcher
Date of Birth: 1891
Place of Birth: Ninfield, Sussex
Date of Death: 07.12.1916
Place of Death: 6th Casualty Clearing Station, Bruay, Pas de Calais, France. Place of Burial / Memorials:

Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension – Grave Reference: I. E  Included on Sidley Parish Church Memorial.

Address: 69 Sidley Street, Sidley

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Family Information


William Simmons, born in 1853, in Wartling, Sussex, and Sarah Elizabeth Ellen Rich, born 1857, in Ninfield, Sussex.


Amelia born 1880, in Ninfield, Sussex.

William born 1881, in Ninfield, Sussex.

Flora born 1885, in Ninfield, Sussex.

Alfonso born 1887, in Ninfield, Sussex.  W0111 Alfonso Simmons

Eva born 1889, in Ninfield, Sussex.

Ellen born 1893, in Ninfield, Sussex.

Mahala born 1895, in Ninfield, Sussex.

Lily born 1898, in Ninfield, Sussex.

Newton  married Jane Page, in the March quarter of 1913, in the Battle District, probably Ninfield.

They had two children – Donald born in the September quarter of 1913, in Ninfield, and Dorothy M born in the December quarter of 1915, in Tonbridge, Sussex.


First World War Experience

Apart from his Medal Roll Index Card, Newton’s Military Service Records haven’t survived. He is known to have enlisted in Tonbridge. Kent, in the Royal Sussex Regiment, 8th Battalion, and was moved overseas after 1915. There is no record of any action he might have been in.

 He died of wounds but there is no information available as to where he received his wounds.

 His Medal Roll Index Card shows that he was due the British War medal and the Victory medal.

Additional Information

From the Bexhill Observer 23rd, December 1916:-

 Young Officers Farewell




 Private N. Simmons, Royal Sussex Regiment, of 69, Sidley-Street, died of wounds on December 7th.

 He was wounded on December 6th, and was carried to the 6th Casualty Clearing Station, where he died.

 Private Simmons, who leaves a widow and family, has a brother serving with the Royal Engineers, and he also had another brother in the Engineers, who died in hospital some weeks ago.



On Saturday, December 8, 1917 the following IN MEMORIAM appeared in the Bexhill Observer.

 SIMMONS – In loving memory of my dear husband, Private N. Simmons, who died of wounds, December 7, 1916.

 Also of Sapper A. Simmons, died in hospital in France, October 28, 1916. Sons of Mr and Mrs W. Simmons, 69 Sidley-Street.

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