Jocelyn and Ethel Newman

Accession Number PR03480
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 2 wallets; 3 oversize boxes: 16cm
Object type Letter, Photograph, Diary
Maker Various
Place made Australia, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1935-1954, 2005
Access Open
Related File This file can be copied or viewed via the Memorial’s Reading Room. AWM315 701/076/009
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copying permitted subject to physical condition

Collection relating to Jocelyn and Ethel Newman and their service to air force personnel during the Second World War.

Collection consists of five wallets.

Wallet 1 of 5 contains two folders.
Folder 1 of 2 - contains 18 letters to Mr and Mrs Newman. Correspondents include 403380 James Alexander Saint-Smith, 'Rob', E W Heath, wife of 6025 Geoffrey Ernest Heath, 414978 Flight Lieutenant G G Abbott, 400831 Flight Lieutenant C E Kerville, 29886 Flight Sergeant J Mundie, 416016 Flight Sergeant A E Britten-Jones, 413560 Warrant Officer A A Ford and letters from Mr Ray Saint-Smith to Mrs J E Newman expressing sadness at the loss of his son, James Alexander Saint-Smith and discussing work possibilities for Mrs Newman's son Robert, who was coming to Australia.

Folder 2 of 2 - contains 20 Letters and photographs related to RAF Bomber Command including letters relating to the Dominion and Allied Services hospitality scheme, letters from the Air Ministry to Mrs Newman regarding the fate of some of the men she hosted and a Christmas speech written by Ethel Newman Christmas 1943.

Wallet 2 of 5 contains Mrs Newman's diary notes relating to the airmen's visits.

Wallet 3 of 5 (oversize box) contains a visitors' book listing over 400 visits some 140 RAAF aircrew.

Wallet 4 of 5 (oversize box) contains a photograph album (some of the photos have been individually accessioned at P04310%).

Wallet 5 of 5 (oversize box) contains an embossed album recording the war service of 403380 Flying Officer James Alexander Saint-Smith DFM DFC, the first pilot of G for George.

History / Summary

In mid-1941 as aircrew were graduating from the Empire Air training Scheme in various Commonwealth countries, the RAF made arrangements to ensure that hospitality was provided for these men on their arrivalin Britain. As part of this scheme, Jocelyn and Ethel Newman hosted approximately 450 visits to 146 individual Australian airmen of Bomber Command at their home Barton-on-Sea near Bournemouth. The men visited for meals, staying overnight and weekends and many formed lasting friendships with the family.

The first pilot of G for George, James Alexander Saint-Smith stayed with them 11 times over a 2 1/2 year period, prior to his death in 1944.