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Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151

Person Details

Place of birth: Fenny Stratford, Bucks
Gender: Male
Date of death: 26/10/1918
Place of death: Maidenhead
Manner of death: Died of disease
Age at death: 34
Cemetery Name: Cookham Parish Cemetery
CWGC Ref: 648681
TWGPP Ref: 4160694

Military details

Military Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Rank: Lieutenant
Military Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Military Unit/Group:
Rank: Sub Lieutenant
Service Number: IC 34/922

Additional information

The Dreadnought Project, a naval history reports Lieut RNR Lawrence W Newbery-Boschetti in command of HMS Albacore, a B class destroyer, from 9th March 1916. The ship was mined by a U boat, UC44, off Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands on 9th March 1917, with the loss of 17 lives. It is not known if Lawrence was in command of the Albacore at this time but someone else was in command by 12th September 1918 which was about 6 weeks before Lawrence died. The Albacore was repaired and back in service by July 1917 and then scrapped in 1919.
Lawrence was born about 1884 in Fenny Stratford Buckinghamshire. He was a cadet on the Thames Nautical Training Ship for Officers, HMS Worcester at Swascombe in Kent in 1901. In February 1911, The Times reported that Acting Sub Liertenant L. W. Newbery Boschetti RNR, was posted to "The Africa" to complete 12 months training. Lawrence is listed on Prestbury War Memorial as L.W. Boschetti, but a note says he was better known as Newbery-Boschetti. In an article of the Milton Keynes Heritage association about Newport Pagnell's influenza epidemic, " a 34 year old Lieutenant Newbery-Boschetti died of influenza in Maidenhead in 1918." For some years his family had been resident at Far Bletchley and it was after the death of his father that they assumed the name Newbery." In the census for 1891, there is a listing for Muter, who was born in St Lucia, West Indies, and Elizabeth Newbury, who had a son and daughter, Lawrence W and Emily M, both born in Fenny Stratford. There are Boschetti relatives but no specific evidence of the Cookham connection. Lawrence was buried in Cookham Parish Cemetery (reference Section D, Row D, No. 18.).


Summary: The Times
"The Times 25.2.1911 Acting sub lieutenant L W Newbery-Boschetti, RNR, to The Africa, additional, to complete 6 months training. The Times 29.10.1918, died of wounds death notices, Lieutenant LW Newbery-Boschetti died on 26.10.1918, at Maidenhead, of pneumonia, age 34 years."

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