Taranaki Herald, 16 March 1872: NEWSHAM.-On the 9th March, the wife of Mr. T. Newsham, of a son.Lewis was 2 when his father Tom died and the following year mother Mary passed away and his brothers and sisters nurtured him through his formative years. The farm at Omata was his playground and on leaving school followed his brothers occupation, skilled with livestock 1993 aged 20 he was living at Featherston in the Wairarapa finding work as a drover and three years later, a shepherd living at Martinborough. A skilled horseman he found no difficulty enrolling 1899 for Boer War service with the 7th Unit New Zealand Mounted Rifles and used the alias "John" Newsham. SERVICE No. 6379. He named his brother Barney (Albert Edward Newsham) who was at this time at Whangaroa, Auckland as next of kin. He sailed with the 8th Contingent on the ship "Surrey" on 1 February 1902 RANK Trooper, Occupation before Enlistment - Station-hand
His service in South Africa was brief and the 8th Contingent A Squadron returned to Wellington. Lewis was ill with measles and septic pneumonia and with others, was the quarrantined on Somes Island in Wellington Harbour where he died on 20th August 1902. His body was returned to Taranaki to be buried in the Newsham family plot at Waireka Cemetery, Omata,
MEDALS AND CLASPS Queens South Africa Medal; and one clasp Cape Colony
Taranaki Herald, 23 August 1902: In consequence of the funeral of the late Trooper L. O. Newshani, the ordinary service at Omata Church will not commence till 3 p.m. to-morrow. We are asked to request all returned troopers who are able to do so to attend in uniform the funeral of the Late Trooper Newsham at Omata on Sunday.
Evening Post, 6 October 1902: OUR CONTINGENTS IN SOUTH AFRICA. NEW ZEALAND'S DEATH - ROLL. WHERE AND HOW THE MEN DIED. EIGHTH CONTINGENT - Private J. Newsham, died at Somes Island, pneumonia (20.8 02)
Hawera & Normanby Star: Trooper Newsham, who died at the Wellington quarantine station, is a brother of Mr G. Newsham, formerly of Hawera.
Obituary Death notice: Taranaki Herald. 1902. 23 August. Volume L. Issue 12053. Column 1. and Column 3.
Biographical Notes: Orphaned at early age and brought up by his brothers and sisters
Reference: New Zealand History online. New Zealand in the South (Boer) War.
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1902. H.6. Nominal Roll
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1903. Vol III H-1, H-6A, p. 13
Stowers, R. (1992). Kiwi versus Boer: the First New Zealand Mounted Rifles in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902. Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
Sources Used Stowers, R. (2004). Rough riders at war. (3rd ed.) Hamilton, NZ, The Author.
Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives. 1903.
Unpublished papers: correspondence with family
A memorial fountain to the Taranaki men who fell in the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) was unveiled by Lord Islington, Governor of New Zealand, on the 26th of January 1911 and he was also named on the Memorial at St Mary's Church, Vivian Street, New Plymouth, Taranaki. The memorial is in the form of a Celtic Cross and was designed by Archdeacon Walsh of Waimate North. See an article about the unveiling of the memorial from Taranaki Herald on 27 August 1903
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