From Hoole History and Heritage Society



Regiment: 48 Sqn. Royal Air Force

Rank: Flight Sergeant

Died: 23 October 1943

Aged: 22

Buried/ Memorial: Malta Memorial

Address: 71 Clare Avenue, Hoole

Chester Chronicle 06 November 1943


Mr and Mrs Newns, 71 Clare Avenue, Hoole, have been notified that their son, Flight-Sergt Paul Newns, is “missing, presumed killed”. Flight Sergt Newns, who was 22, was educated at All Saints School, Hoole and later went to Love Street Central School. On leaving school he became an apprentice at Brookhirst Switchgear Ltd, where after serving a few years in the Works, he was transferred to the drawing office. He attended the Chester and Liverpool Technical Schools and obtained his National Certificate in Engineering

In December 1940 he joined the RAF and was trained in Canada receiving his Observer-Navigator wings after eight months. He was then transferred to Ferry Command, with whom he served for 13 months. Returning to English (?) in April, he went to Gibraltar three weeks ago.

Before joining the Forces he was a keen member of the 2nd Chester Company of the Boys Brigade and attained the rank of Warrant Officer. While in Canada he visited many BB Companies and was for a time an officer in the Montreal Company.”