Melton woman pays tribute to war hero father she never really knew

Albert Newton, a Melton soldier who was killed fighting in the Second World War in November 1944 EMN-150626-135218001
Albert Newton, a Melton soldier who was killed fighting in the Second World War in November 1944 EMN-150626-135218001
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The daughter of a Melton serviceman killed in the Second World War has paid tribute to the father she never really knew.

Albert Newton, a former employee at Holwell Works, was 29 when he died during fighting around the border of Holland and Belgium in November 1944.

He is the latest addition to the town’s enhanced new war memorial which will pay tribute to the fallen with photographs of them and details of their life and service when it is installed later this year.

Albert’s daughter, Pamela Barratt (75), who lives in Chapel Street, has visited his grave in Holland twice. She said: “It was very emotional to see the place where he was buried.

“I bought some roses and planted them next to the grave and it was raining at the time. Then a strange thing happened, the buds on the rose opened up.

“That just broke my heart when that happened.”

Albert lived in Morley Street, which is now Morley Close, in the town and he had a sister and a brother. Mrs Barratt, who was a young child during the war, knows little about her father’s military service because her mother did not talk much about him when she was grieving his loss. She believes he was a private in the Royal Pioneer Corps.

Mrs Barratt, and husband Peter, are firm supporters of the plans to upgrade the Melton war memorial in the grounds of Egerton Lodge with detailed interpretation boards and she will be proud to see her father’s record displayed there.

“I think it is important to remember those who gave their lives for their country so this is a great idea,” she added.

Melton Town Estate, which is organising the war memorial appeal in conjunction with the Melton Times, welcomes financial contributions and details of fallen serviceman from the town in conflicts over the last century.

To make a donation to our appeal at the Melton Mowbray Building Society in Nottingham Street - quote the account number GGX3326893MEL and make cheques payable to Melton Mowbray Town Estate (War Memorial) appeal if you would like to give some money.

If you have a photograph and details of a family member killed in the world wars email the pictures and information to or bring it to the Melton Times office in Nottingham Street during normal office hours (9am to 5pm). Contact Nick on (01664) 412523.