Service Number: 250748

Rank: Flight Lieutenant

Unit: 22 Squadron

Service: Royal Australian Air Force

Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Date of death: 29 March 1943

Place of death: New Guinea area

Cause of death: Prisoner of War

Cemetery or memorial details: Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Lae Markham River Area, New Guinea

Notes: Flt Lt William Newton was executed by the Japanese on 29 March 1943. The Japanese buried his body in a bomb crater in Chinatown, Salamaua. His body was found by Australian troops in December 1943 and interred in the Salamaua War Cemetery. In January 1946 his remains were moved to the Lae War Cemetery as part of the post war consoldiation of smaller cemeteries.

Source: AWM148 Roll of Honour cards, 1939-1945 War, Air Force

Location on the Roll of Honour

William Ellis Newton's name is located at panel 101 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial (as indicated by the poppy on the plan).

Map of Commemorative area showing which panel William Ellis Newton's name is located

Roll of Honour circular

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Roll of Honour Certificate

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