Craig Richard Newcombe Captain (Chaplain 4th Class) 95722
Name Craig Richard Newcombe
Army number 95722
Rank Captain - Chaplain 4th Class
Decorations M.C. - gazetted 20/12/1940.
Date of birth 8/10/1908
Age 70 at the time of his death.
Unit Commissioned into the Royal Army Chaplains' Department. RARO 26/5/1939. Embodied 24/8/1939. Posted to 70th Infantry Brigade as one of the Brigade Chaplains September 1939. Attached to 12th Battalion DLI. Attached to 1st Tyneside Scottish 1/2/1940 on 12th Battalion being transferred to the Corps of the Black Watch. Served B.E.F. Evacuated from either Boulogne or Calais (yet to be clarified). Served Iceland. Attached to 11th Bn DLI 1/6/1942. With 11th Bn DLI on the disbandment of the Battalion August 1944. Attached to 30 Corps Troops REME Workshop. Senior Chaplain to a Division as at September 1944. Released from service 1945. Rector of Alfreton. Honorary Canon of Derby 1950. Ceased RARO liability on age grounds 8/10/1963, retained Honorary Rank of Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class.
Company/Battery Brigade HQ. Battalion HQ.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Chaplain/Padre.
Joined Brigade September 1939.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Died 6/12/1978. Death registered December 1978 - Chesterfield. Probate granted 30/1/1979, Nottingham.
Home address Son of Very Reverend Herbert Newcombe, Dean of Kildare, County Kildare. Educated Haileybury and Trinity College Dublin (MA 1931). Married 1938 Grace, daughter of J E Walton of Birmingham. In the 1939 General Register he is shown as a Clerk in Holy Orders living with his wife at the Vicarage in Alfreton, but is also listed as a member of the Army Reserve of Officers. He returned to his post in Alfreton following the War, and that was given as his address at the time of his death.
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