Private Cyril Newbury of Dunedin,New Zealand - The Sheffield Connection

I bought a standard second-hand picture frame recently, and when I set about inserting a print into it, I found an article entitled "First World War Connections" that had been cut out of a magazine and used as backing. There was no title visible but the article clearly related to the National Trust. And more particularly it focused on Longshaw Lodge in the Peak District which was used as a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers in World War 1

A local lady Alice Clifford visited the hospital frequently and kept a  scrapbook album of the people who were placed there. One of these was a New Zealand soldier  CHARLES CYRIL NEWBURY - Cyril to his family. I checked his details on-line and there was confirmation of his service on the excellent Auckland War Museum website and the New Zealand War Grave Project. But there was little mention of the Sheffield Connection.

Cyril joined The Otago Regiment in January 1915 at the age of 21 and he sailed to Egypt on 17th April 1915 to join his unit at Anzac Cove. Like thousands of others in Gallipoli, Cyril was admitted to hospital with severe dysentery. He was transferred to a hospital in Malta and in September 1915 was shipped to England. He was sent to hospital in Sheffield and soon transferred to the Lodge at Longshaw to continue his convalescence.

Soldiers on the lake at Longshaw

Picnic on Longshaw Moors - Alice Clifford is on the extreme right

In March 1916 Cyril was sent back to his unit in Egypt and a month later sailed to France. On the 8th July 1916 Cyril was killed by a shrapnel burst whilst standing near to his dugout . He is buried in Cite Bonjean Cemetery near Armentierres


Service No:8/1811
Date of Death:08/07/1916
Regiment/Service:Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F.2nd Bn. 
Grave Reference:II. D. 22.
Additional Information:
Son of Maxwell and Annie Newbury, of Dunedin, New Zealand.


It is heartening to know that Cyril was well cared for during his convalescence in Sheffield and that he made many friends during his stay here. The tragedy is that he was never able to return here.


Auckland War Museum website 

New Zealand War Grave Project

The Sheffield Indexers

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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