Robert Newbigging - Navy - Consett (Died)

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    CONSETT VICTIM OF THE SHEERNESS DISASTER. Amongst those killed in the explosion upon H.M. Auxiliary Cruiser Princess Irene, in Sheerness Harbour, was acting mate Robert Newbigging, who was a native of Consett, and was 30 years of age. He joined the Navy when 16 years old, and had just left H.M.S. Implacable, where he was Warrant Officer, pending promotion and another appointment. It is not definitely known whether he had been drafted to the Princess Irene, where he is described as Acting Mate, but atbany rate he went on to the ship the morning she was blown up. Acting Mate Newbigging, who lived at Consett up tot the time he joined the Nay, won rapid promotion, and was an exceptionally smart seaman. He was married at Middlesbrough about four years ago to Miss Mackie, who was formerly a teacher at the Consett Wesleyan Day Schools. Their present home is Gillingham. He was the only brother of Mrs. Wood, wife of Mr. Henry Wood, watchmaker, and jeweller, of Newmarket Street Consett. This photograph was published in the Illustrated Chronicle on the 1st of June 1915. During the Great War the Illustrated Chronicle published photographs of soldiers and sailors from Newcastle and the North East of England, which had been in the news. The photographs were sent in by relatives and give us a glimpse into the past. The physical collection held by Newcastle Libraries comprises bound volumes of the newspaper from 1910 to 1925. We are keen to find out more about the people in the photographs. If you recognise anyone in the images please comment below. Copies of this photograph may be ordered from us, for more information see:" > Please make a note of the image reference number above to help speed up your order.
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    IllustratedChronicles (Flickr)
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    What does this mean? Public Domain Mark
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    Resource type: Image
    Last modified: 7 years, 4 months ago
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