On Sunday 30th September 2018 Gordon Newton passed away. His loss to the 9th Battalion Reunion Club is immeasurable – he was instrumental in the founding of the Club, and worked for decades to ensure its success and growth. To many, Gordon was the voice of the 9th Battalion, and his character and personality was known by many connected with the battalion and Merville. He will also be missed greatly by the colleagues and friends from his days in the Metropolitan Police.
Jill Moore, Gordon’s daughter, put it best:
“He left us with no fuss or trauma. I believe that he knew the end was near and was prepared to go. We, as a family, are devastated but know that he lived a rich and happy life with no regrets.”
Mark, your worthy comments speak for all who knew Gordon, I’m sure. I would suppose that some form of memorial will be installed at the Battery and if any assistance is helpful I will be happy to support this.
It was a pleasure and a privilage to have known you. Thank you for my freedom kind sir.
One year when travelling to Normandy in early June I was walking around the ferry, reading the various notices and descriptions about some veterans when I had a double take. I had just been reading about Gordon Newton and there he was, right in front of me. He looked at me, looked at his picture, smiled, shook my hand and chatted for a few minutes. It was an absolute privilege to meet him, as it is all veterans. He will be missed but also fondly remembered.
A huge sad loss to every one.
We remember him well from our 2 visits to Normandy.
May he rest in peace with his mates.
I was at the merville battery for the 60th anniversary when my late father and I had the privilege to meet this humble man. He spent 15 minutes giving us a first hand account of what happened. Priceless.
After that I’ve always looked out for him on subsequent anniversaries.
This is a great loss
I thank and salute you sir
Ret Police Officer
What can I say?
Your tall shadow will always be over the Merville Battery.
You had such knowledge.
Always in my heart.