Newport Edward Selwyn 2/Lt 96393
Name Newport Edward Selwyn
Army number 96393
Decorations Territorial Efficiency Decoration 21/4/1950
Date of birth 13/8/1921
Unit Enlisted in the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers - served in the ranks of 5th Battalion, embodied 24/8/1939. Transferred to The Durham Light Infantry - Commissioned as a 2/Lt in the 8th Battalion 1/9/1939. Posted to the 11th Battalion 1/9/39. Posted to the 23rd Division Details. Attended a Motor Transport Training Course in May 1940 (Confirmed by Weekly Return of Officers as at 5/5/1940). Rejoined the 11th Battalion in Launceston June 1940. "Detached" as at 25/9/1940. Served Iceland. Transferred to the Border Regiment 16/6/1942 and posted to the 1st Battalion. Taken Prisoner of War at Arnhem. Repatriated. Transferred to the King's Own Scottish Borderers 1/10/1959. Transferred to the King's Regiment 7/4/1964. Retired as Colonel 3/4/1974.
Company/Battery 11th Battalion - HQ Company. Border Regiment - S Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit Anti-Tank Platoon Commander of S Coy, 1st Border Regiment - glider-borne unit.
Task or role
Joined Brigade 01-Sep-39.
Promotions W/S Lt 2/3/1941, A/Captain 3/1/1946, Regular Army Lt 13/2/1944, T/Captain 3/4/1946, W/S Captain and T/Major 7/2/1947, Captain 13/8/1948, Major 13/8/1955, Lt Colonel 7/4/1964, Colonel 30/6/1969.
Wounded yes - at Arnhem September 1944
Prisoner of War Yes - Oflag 79 at Braunschweig PoW Number 630.
Died/Killed in action Date of death not yet traced.
Home address Educated at Durham Cathedral Chorister School and Beaconsfield School, Low Fell. Fought in Sicily 1943 and at Arnhem Sept 1944 - wounded and captured.
Source table 11DLI
McGregor Card Index incorrectly shows his Officer number as 96303.
2/Lt Newport's attendance at the Motor Transport Training Course in May 1940 resulted in 2/Lt J Cook taking his place with the 23rd Division's Home Details in the UK, while the Battalion was with the B.E.F. in France.