Essex Regiment & Essex Militia History

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Lieutenant Colonel Augustus Charles NEWMAN VC

On 28 March 1942 in the attack on St Nazaire, France Lieutenant Colonel Newman was in charge of the military forces and he was one of the first ashore, leading his men and directing operations quite regardless of his own safety.

Under his inspiring leadership the troops fought magnificently and held vastly superior numbers of the enemy at bay until the demolition parties had done their work.

The colonel then attempted to fight through into open country and not until all the ammunition was spent were he and his men overwhelmed and taken prisoner.

The VC is held at the Ashcroft Collection in the Imperial War Museum.