No.1537 Lieutenant Herbert Leslie Newland
When Herbert Leslie Newland was born on 19 July 1890 in Camperdown, Victoria. His father, William Anthony Newland, was 31 and his mother, Louisa Jane Wall, was 33.
He had five brothers and five sisters, they were:
- William Andrew Newland (1880–1949) AIF
- James Ernest Newland (1881–1949) AIF
- Stella Louisa Newland (1883–1937)
- George Benjamin Newland (1884–1968)
- Ethel Winifred Newland (1885–1974)
- Edith Blanche Newland (1886–1956)
- Irene Victoria Newland (1892–1924)
- Alfred Lindsey Newland (1894–1916) AIF
- Elsie Mildred Newland (1896–1962)
- Redvers Cecil Newland (1900–1972)
He enlisted on 1 September 1914 at Broadmeadows, Victoria at the age of 24.
He sailed from Melbourne, Australia on 24 September 1914 and joined the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (MEF) on 8 January 1915. He was promoted to Corporal on 22 July 1915. [The MEF was part of the British Army during World War I, that commanded all Allied forces at Gallipoli and Salonika.]
Herbert was hospitalised at Gallipoli on 21 August 1915 and evacuated to New End Section Hospital, Heath Street, Hampstead, London on 10 September 1915 with tonsillitis.
He returned to duty on 9 February 1916, and arrived in Cairo, Egypt on 14 February 1916. At Tell el Kebir was appointed Acting Seargeant on 8 March 1916 and joined the 23rd Battery.
[Tell El Kebir was a training centre for the First Australian Imperial Force reinforcements.]
Herbert arrived in Marseilles, France on 28 March 1916, was promoted to Sergeant on 12 March 1916 and transferred to 1st Division Artillery Column and was detached to the Artillery School of Instruction.
Herbert was commissioned on 30 November 1916. Then transferred to the Divisional Ammunition Column on 21 January 1917 and then the 1st Medium Trench Mortar Brigade on 2 February 1917. He was promoted to Lieutenant on 27 February 1917.
He was admitted to No.7 Stationary Hospital, Bologne while on leave. Then he was transferred to No 39 General Hospital, Boulogne 19 July 1917. He was discharged and rejoined his unit on 25 August 1917.
He embarked at Le Havre on RMS Durham Castle on 13 October 1918, arriving at Melbourne on 23 October 1918 and was granted “Special Leave 1914”. He was discharged medically unfit for active service on 2 April 1919.
On his return to Australia, Bert rejoined the Victorian Police Force becoming Sergeant of both Queenscliff and Geelong police stations before moving to St Kilda. Here he took up position as Sergeant of the First Shrine Guard at the new Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance and fought to wear the Light Horse uniform instead of the police uniform.
He married Catherine Milne Scott (1869-1956) in 1920. The 1919 Australian Census has them living at 265 Mitchell Street, Brunswick, Victoria. Herbert's occupation on the census was listed as Constable. His brother Redvers was living with them and his occupation was also listed as Constable.
Herbert died on 10 May 1964 in Heidelberg, Victoria, at the age of 73.
For a photograph of Herbert Leslie Newland in his uniform click here.
Medals and Entitlements:
- 1914/15 Star
- British War Medal
- Victory Medal