ColonelNEWNHAM, LANCERAY ARTHUR

Died 18/12/1943

Aged 54

Middlesex Regiment

and
British Army Aid Group

G C, M C

Son of Lt.-Col. Arthur Tristram H. Newnham and Ekaterina Newnham; husband of Phyllis Edith Newnham, of Downderry, Cornwall.

Inscription

SHOT WHILST A PRISONER OF WAR FOR REFUSING TO BETRAY HIS COMRADES. TRUE TO THE END

Citation

The following details are given in The London Gazette of April 18th, 1946

"Awarded the George Cross for most conspicuous gallantry in carrying out hazardous work in a very brave manner."

Lt. Col. Lanceray Newnham, together with Capt. Douglas Ford, Royal Scots, were executed by the Japanese whilst prisoners of war for their parts in successfully contacting secret agents and organsing escapes and other disruptions. They were arrested along with others and subjected to torture and starvation and sentenced to death in the hope of making them talk. They remained silent and were eventually executed. Both were posthumously awarded the George Cross for their bravery.

Buried at STANLEY MILITARY CEMETERY

Location: China, (including Hong Kong)
Number of casualties: 427

Cemetery/memorial reference: 1. A. 58.

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Cemetery details

CWGC Archives

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Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.
DISCLAIMER:
This collection of documents was assembled by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its predecessors as part of the processes involved in the commemoration of individuals. As a result, they contain many corrections and alterations which reflect their use as working documents. For further information concerning the history of the collection, please see our About Our Records page.
Please be advised that some of the documents, especially the burial returns and exhumation reports, may contain information which some people may find distressing. The original archive records and their digital copies remain the property of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but are available for re-use for private and non-commercial purposes.