‚ÄčRoyton Roll of Honour

Date of Death:22/10/1915
Service No:50898
Regiment:Royal Engineers
Unit:80th Field Coy
Corbie Communal Cemetery
Grave Ref:Plot I.Row B.Grave 38

After the outbreak of war Cornelius left his job as a minder at the Industry Mill and enlisted.He found himself serving as a driver with the Royal Engineers 80th Field Company. Field Companies were attached to fighting units and often found themselves in combat roles themselves. A driver was not necessarily as we know the term nowadays and often referred to a man who managed a team of horses.
The 80th arrived in France in late July 1915. Around about this time the family would have found out about Cornelius' brother Sutcliffe Bairstow who had been killed at Gallipoli on June 4th. In October Cornelius was badly injured and was taken to one of the two casualty clearing stations at Corbie, 20 kilometres or so behind the lines. Sadly he passed away and not long afterwards Sarah Newrick received a letter from a nurse to say that he was dead, she had shortly before received a letter from him stating all was well and he was 'in the pink'. Later his family were informed that one of his horses had been shot by a German sniper, he went to the wounded animal only to be shot himself.
Not long after the death of Cornelius, his son James died at Christmas 1915 aged only two years old. Eldest child Sutcliffe was to die in 1918 aged 16. They are buried in Royton cemetery together with their mother Sarah Newrick who passed away in 1929, aged 47.

photo courtesy of Len

Cornelius Newrick was born in 1879 in Halifax. His mother was Isabella Newrick and she married, a short time after in the same year Sutcliffe Bairstow. Sutcliffe was a coal miner and at some point in the late 1880's he got work at an Oldham pit and the family moved to the town. Cornelius' siblings were Rebecca, Sarah, James, Sutcliffe and Mary.
In 1901, Cornelius married Sarah Hughes in Oldham. By 1906 they were living in Royton and in the 1911 census were at 2a Thorp with Cornelius working in a cotton mill. Together Cornelius and Sarah had six children - Sutcliffe (born 1901), Edith (1904), Gladys (1906), Cornelius (1908), Harold (1910) and James (1913).