The Great War Bulletin for September 28, 1914 tells us that:
"Drummer Rowland James BAKER, aged 22, from Albert Street died in hospital in Luton of blood poisoning. He was determined to avoid being sent back home for a blister from marching, so he did not report for medical attention until his pain became unbearable."
The Great War Bulletin for October 12, 1914 tells us that:
Trooper William McLEOD, aged 22, of the 14th Hussars had died of wounds received in the Battle of the Aisne. He was the youngtest son of the widow Sarah Ann McLEOD. Also, Thomas BOWERS of Eldon Place had died while guarding the tubular bridge over the Trent River. He had been hit by an express train. Thomas was 43 years old.
The Great War Bulletin for December 28, 1914 tells us that:
"THERE was only Christmas anguish for Henry and wife Tacey of 102 Northgate, Newark, who have five sons fighting in the British forces around the world. They received a letter from one of them, Fred, on the morning of Christmas Eve to say he was wounded and a prisoner in Germany. They already knew he had been shot through both thighs during the Battle for Mons at the outset of this conflict."
The Great War Bulletin for January 4th, 1915 tells us that:
"Mrs. Annie KIRK of 167 Barnbygate received a letter over Christmas from her 21-year-old son Arthur, an Ordinary Seaman on HMS Glasgow, It was dated 8 November and addressed to both Annie and her husband Herbert Joseph, a boiler man in a maltster’s brewhouse.
“I am still alive and quite all right in every way.“
"No doubt before you receive this letter you will have read about the engagement we had in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chili (Chile) and have been a bit anxious to hear whether I was all right or not.“
"I am very sorry to say that we lost the fight but we were not disgraced, thank God as we fought superior ships and were out-numbered by five to three – the Good Hope, Monmouth and Glasgow – and we are the only one left to tell the tale. When we look back on it, it seems a miracle that we were not blown to smithereens as when the other two ships went down, all the five German boats concentrated their fire on the good old Glasgow, and we owe our salvation to our speed, which enabled us to leave the enemy ships behind when they chased us.“
"All aboard our ship wept like children, and the Captain also, when we fell-in next morning to read prayers..."
The Great War Bulletin for October 12, 1914 tells us that William Sergeant GOY ("Sergeant" is his middle name), aged 22, of the Royal Flying Corps was promoted to First-Class Airman Mechanic only two months after joining the Corps.
The Great War Bulletin for June 7th, 1915 tells us that private John William SHAW of the 5th Btln. Lincolnshire Regt. was granted compassionate leave from the front lines to come home to Newark and to tend to his sick wife and their five children. However, once here he caught double pneumonia and died. His wife Louise was well enough to lead the mourners at his funeral.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for June 14th, 1915 reveals that another Royal Engineer trainee, driver Joseph Henry NEVINS, drowned in the River Trent. Also reported was the death of stoker first-class Samuel ASMAN, age 28. He was the son of Richard (deceased) and Mary ASHMAN. The death of private Alfred JOYNES who died at Gallipoli while serving in the Royal Marine Light Infantry was also reported.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for June 28th, 1915 tells us that Mr. and Mrs. Harry REVELL lost their son Robert, age 28, of the 1st Btln. Border Regt. while fighting in Turkey. They will lose another son, Harold, in 1917.
The Newark Great War Bulletin for August 2nd, 1915 reveals that another Royal Engineer sapper's body, Dennis MURPHY, age 36, was recovered from the River Trent.