Newman returned to England prior to 1878 when he attested
with the 7th Brigade, Royal Artillery at Liverpool. His next
of kin was shown to be his father John Newman so it may
be assumed that his wife Anne was deceased or he had
divorced by this time and there is no record showing any
children from that union. At the time of his enlistment he
was 25 years old standing 5 feet 8 7/8 inches tall with hazel
eyes and dark brown hair. His trade was listed as a

His service abroad began soon after his enlistment when he
deployed to Jamaica on 27 December, 1878 with the 7th
Brigade, Royal Artillery with the rank of Gunner. On 1
April, 1882 he transferred again this time to the 1st Field
Brigade, Royal Artillery. Newman was appointed Lance
Bombardier on 1 December, 1883. He was promoted to
Bombardier on 16 June, 1884 and formally extended his
service to complete 12 years on 3 July, 1884.

On 30 January, 1885 Newman was shown awaiting trail for
an unspecified charge and was convicted and reduced to
Gunner on 4 February, 1885 also forfeiting his Good
Conduct Pay. Having his Good Conduct Pay restored in 1886
Newman was reappointed Lance Bombardier on 27 July,
1886, Promoted again on 1 April, 1887 to Bombardier he
received the additional promotion to Corporal on 6
December, 1887.

He transferred to the 18th Brigade, R.A. as a Corporal on 1
July, 1889 and reengaged at Shoeburyness Barracks  to
complete 21 years service on 25 August, 1890.

Edgar Newman was transferred to the Royal Artillery
Volunteers as a Sergeant on 13 April 1891 although the
precise unit is not clear on his service records. His final
posting was with the permanent Staff of the 1st Argyll and
Bute Volunteer Artillery. He received his final promotion to
Company Sergeant Major on 3 December, 1899. Company
Sergeant Major Edgar James Newman was discharged on 21
January, 1901 with a total of 22 years 50 days of service on
his record.

Newman’s home and foreign service deployments where as

Home: 3 December, 1878 – 26 December, 1878
Jamaica: 27 December, 1878 – 12 November, 1880
Malta: 13 November, 1880 – 2 August, 1882
Egypt: 3 August, 1882 – 13 October, 1882
Malta: 14 October, 1882 – 25 November, 1886
Home: 26 November, 1886 – 21 January, 1901
Above: Bombardier Edgar James Newman of the Royal Artillery
wearing his 1882 Egyptian Campaign Medal and Khedive's Star.
This photo may have been taken close to Newman's wedding day
in 1887.

Carte de Visite
Grossman - Photographer
Dover, England
c. 1887
For his service in Egypt Newman was entitled to the 1882
Egypt Medal (no clasp) and the Khedive’s Star. In Egypt
Newman  was attached to the 1st Field Brigade, R.A.

While serving at home Edgar James Newman married for a
second time at Dover on 16 May, 1887 with his wife’s name
being Elise Ruth Scott. This union seems to have proved
happier that his first marriage producing at least four
children – Eva Emily Florence Newman born on 21 February,
1889, Edgar Charles Newman born on 10 June, 1891 and
Ernest Cecil Newman born on 31 March 1893.

In the 1901 Census for County of London, City of
Westminster there is an entry for a Commissionaire by the
name of Edgar J. Newman age 46 of Falmouth, Cornwall. This
would seem to be the same man as the above mentioned
Edgar James Newman. No family is listed as living with him
at this time. The 1901 Scottish Census for Rothway lists Elise
R Newman, born in France, as living as head of household
with her three children, Eva Emily, Edgar Charles and Ernest
Cecil. It seems likely then that upon his final retirement
from the Volunteers in 1891 that Newman took a posting with
the Corps of Commissionaires and at the time of the 1901
census had yet to send for his family to join him in the south.
Right: The wedding photo of Edgar James Newman and Elise
Ruth Scott. They were married at Holy Trinity Church at Dover on
16 May, 1887. In this photo Newman's two Long Service & Good
Conduct stripes are visible on his left cuff.

Carte de Visite
Lambert Weston & Son - Photographer
Dover, England
16 May, 1887
Left: Corporal Edgar James Newman and Elise Ruth with
one of their newborn children - possibly their daughter
Eva Emily Florence Newman. This photo dates from 1889
or after since Newman has by this time been promoted

Elise Ruth's name is given with several variations
including Elsi, Eliza and Elise. Elise is the from used
twice in Edgar James Newman's service records and this
version is used herein. She was born in France being the
daughter of Mr. Charles Scott.

Cabinet Photograph (trimmed)
Unknown - Photographer
Dover, England
1889 or later
Above: I believe this woman to be Newman's unnamed
mother-in-law. The photo was probably taken about
the same time as the wedding.

Carte de Visite
Lambert Weston & Son - Photographer
Dover, England
c. 1887
Above: Newman's mother-in-law and her younger
daughter Georgina Florence Scott.

Carte de Visite
R. Stead - Photographer
Richmond Road, Wickenham, England
c. 1887
Above: Edgar James Newman dressed for what appears to be a game of cricket poses for a photographer in Londonderry some
time around 1893 after the birth of his youngest son Ernest Cecil Newman who is held on the lap of his wife Elise Ruth. Newman
holds his eldest son Edgar Charles in front of him. Both sons are wearing dresses as was the custom of the time. The tall girl
standing center in probably Newman's sister-in-law Georgina Florence Scott who was listed as living with the family in the 1891
Census. The woman seated to the right is unidentified.

Cabinet Photograph
Ulster Photographic Studio - Photographer
Carlisle Road, Londonderry, Ireland
c. 1894
Above: Edgar James Newman in later life with his seemingly ever present walrus-like mustache. This photograph may have been
taken sometime after Newman's final discharge from the Argyll & Bute Volunteer Artillery in January, 1901.

Cabinet Photograph
Unknown - Photographer
Unknown Location - Great Britain
post 1901
Based upon the above photographs the Newmans seemed to have had a relatively happy family life. Unfortunately this came
to and end in 1909 when Eliza died of cancer the 6th of April of that year at the age of 44. Perhaps it was grief or simply the
stress of loosing his wife but Edgar James Newman died of heart failure at Rugby just about two months later on 27 June,
1909 at the age of 55. Prior to his passing Edgar Newman was employed as Assistant County Court Bailiff in Rugby.