Newton

Surname: Newton
Christian Names: Reginald Bruce
Country: Australia
State or Province: NSW
City or Town: Sydney
Service: Citizens Military Forces
Case Notes:

 Reginald Bruce Newton claims to be a hero of the "Cold War" who joined British Intelligence, aged 20 years, became a Commissioned Officer in the British Army, gaining the rank of Major in three years and winning an MC and Bar as well as seeing covert service in Europe, Laos, Mongolia and Korea. He was medically discharged as a Major MC and Bar aged 23 years.


Photo above is an extract of the photo below


Photo from FRONTLINE, a Defence Service Journal, the official journal of the 1st Nineteenth and the 2nd Nineteenth Associations, Vol 4 Issue 3, page 22

 

Hard core Wannabes put a lot of planning into their activities ; they weave a web of deceit and then fine-tune their stories by relating anecdotes to give them a human touch.    Reginald Bruce Newton is a hard core Wannabe, who has spent many years crafting the fiction of his brief but action filled career in the British Army .

 

Of course, he was a "Secret Agent" and cannot divulge his regimental details, or written proof of his service to Colonial Ex Service Organisations.   He does however relate tales of incredible feats of "Cold War derring-do" and likes to have his photo taken wearing "his" medals.  

 

Reginald Newton rubs shoulders with State Governors, Generals, and the upper crust of New South Wales.   He can be seen above standing beside Warrant Officer Class One Wally Thompson, OAM, the first RSM to become RSM (A). (Regimental Sergeant Major of the Army).  A very prestigious position to hold.   One General, when asked about Reginald said "Oh you mean Major Reginald Newton MC and Bar who served with distinction during the cold war". Read on and learn about Reginald, the consummate "Cold War Major" who, we are sure, will now be the consummate "Cold Shoulder Major" of NSW.

 

Pictured below is a photo of Reginald Newton and a female family member. The lady is included because she is wearing miniatures of her Newton's "Medals" on her right side (top row). She is also wearing the medals (bottom row) of another Newton family member. Although the medals are in black and white and not very clear we are reliably informed that they include MC and Bar, British General Service Medal, Korea Medal and United Nations Medal Korea.


Photo from FRONTLINE, a Defence Service Journal, the official journal of the 1st Nineteenth and the 2nd Nineteenth Associations, Vol 4 Issue 3, page 15

 

 

The RNSWR Association Newsletter detailing Newton's Cold War exploits is shown below.  A synopsis of the Newton RNSWR Association newsletter story together with our comments follow.

 

From 1950 to May 1953

In 1950 Newton departed Sydney for the United Kingdom with a letter from a "family friend" and was inducted into a Secret Intelligence Service Group as a Junior Field Officer.

 

We have Newton's Citizens Military Forces Record of Service, gained through the Freedom of Information Legislation from the National Archives Australia. His records clearly show that he was taken on strength of 30 Battalion NSW Scottish Regiment on 19 Sep 1949 and he was struck off strength 13 November 1952. Had Newton gone to the United Kingdom in 1950, he would have been taken off strength in 1950. We don't know where he was between 1950 and 1953, when he claims to have been a super spy, but it looks like he was still attending parades at 30 Battalion in Sydney in 1951 and 1952.  When this is put with the mountain of other evidence it is most likely the truth of the matter.  

 

 

Trained as a secret agent in Arisaig Scotland and Beaulieu Manor in New Forest England with the Political Warfare Executive   (PWE) and other "Secret Units ".

 

According to "Secret Operations Executive (SOE) Syllabus: Lessons in ungentle manly warfare, World War II", introduction by Denis Rigden (pub by Public Record Office 2001), the Group A Schools based around Arisaig and Morar in Inverness were opened between Nov 1940 and June 1941 (10 in total). The last students left in Dec 1944. The Political Warfare Executive (PWE) and the "Finishing school" for the SOE ceased operations at Beaulieu Manor in New Forest, England in 1945      

The information is direct from Beaulieu Manor's Heritage Education Officer and Archivist . See the emails from Beaulieu Manor

For the attn of xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thank you for your recent enquiry, which has been passed to me for reply.

The Beaulieu Estate was the location for one of the training schools for the Special Operations Executive rather than the PWE, which I believe had a base at Woburn Abbey in Bedfordshire. The SOE 'Finishing' School at Beaulieu closed in June 1945, the first properties for the School having been requisitioned in January 1941.

 Best wishes for the New Year,

 XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Heritage Education Officer and Archivist

 In 1951, was trained by Fairbairn and Sykes formerly of the Hong Kong Police and "Paddy" Mayne former SAS Commander

L t Col William Ewart (Dan) Fairbairn and Captain Eric Anthony (Bill) Sykes were both from the Shanghai Police not the Hong Kong Police. Fairbairn left Arisaig in 1942 and worked in Canada and the USA with various secret organisations.   Sykes died of pneumonia in 1945 so neither were at Arisaig to train Newton.  Lt Col Robert Blair (Paddy) Mayne DSO and 3 Bars was famous for his exploits with the British SAS during WW2 he served between 1939 and 1945. He left the Army at the end of the war and served on an Antarctic expedition before returning to his profession as a solicitor in his home town of Newtownards, England

 

September 1951 was commissioned as a British Army Officer.

 

ANZMI has friends in the UK who have access to the British Army List of Officers. Lists from 1950 through to 1959 failed to find any Reginald Bruce Newton. One of our London sources at the Imperial War Museum said:

"I checked one of the following for each year from 1950 to 1959 inclusive Quarterly Army list: [a distribution list of officers on the active list...] - London: HMSO, 1918-1959. - vols.; 21cm. - index for R B Newton, again without success."

 

The London Gazette publishes details of all commissions granted for the  

services of the United Kingdom . A friend from the London Gazette told us:

From: xxxxxxxxxxxxx

 

To: XXXXXXXXXXxx

Date: Dec 30, 2005 9:49 PM

Subject: RE: Maj Reginald Bruce Newton, MC and Bar

 

This link has the search engine results for Newton in September 1951.

I looked at the printed index and couldn't see any military commission for an R Newton.

He may of course have a different formal first name.

 Rgds

XXXXXXXXXX

 

 

In addition to the information received directly from the London Gazette, we also, have searched the Gazette for information about Newton's "Commission" "Promotions" and "Gallantry Awards"– He is not listed anywhere.

 

Conducted a raid to Gough Island in the South Atlantic to a suspected secret Russian base.

 

There are no records of such a raid having taking place. All is serene on Gough Island. The first recorded British expedition to the Island was in 1955.    

 

Early in 1952 served On His Majesty's Service in, Greece, Rumania, Albania and Bulgaria moving dissidents out of unstable areas .

 

Operatives who served in foreign countries were able to speak the languages of the country in which they operated. Did Newton learn Greek, Romanian and Bulgarian during his training in 1951

 

Lost his team in secret operations behind the Iron Curtain.

 

Rather convenient that he "lost his team" he has no one to disprove his claims.

 

Mid 1952 did secret courier work in Yugoslavia. Met a lady whose parents ran a safe house in Rukavac who later became his second wife.

 

Must have learned Yugoslav during his training as well.

 

October 1952 was posted to Laos and won an MC for "A heavy action".

 

The Imperial War Museum London told us:

 

"All gallantry awards were published in The London Gazette and this is searchable online, the address is in the attached document."   http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/index.asp?webType=0 

Officers working with "Special Units" are listed against their "home" or original unit.  In the Gazette we were easily able to locate his "Training Officers"   "Paddy" Mayne for his four DSOs and also Lt (Later Lt Col) Fairbairn for his appointment as an Officer in the British Army. No Reginald Newton mentioned anywhere. In addition to information received directly from the London Gazette, we have searched the Gazette for information about Newton's "Commission" "Promotions" and "Gallantry Awards"– He is not listed anywhere. – Here is the address for the London Gazette. Have a look for yourself. 

http://www.gazettes-online.co.uk/index.asp?webType=0

 

Was promoted to Captain. Joined the war in Korea.

 

No mention in the London Gazette of Reginald Newton being promoted to Captain.

 

Worked on secret operations in Mongolia and received a Bar to his MC.  Lost another team.

 

No mention in the London Gazette of Reginald Newton receiving a bar to an MC. "Lost another team" conveniently, no one to disprove his claims .

 

Worked on the North Korean border observing troop and equipment movements and was wounded in action in an Ambush, sustaining facial and chest injuries. Lost most of his team again.

 

Newton claims to have been invalided out of the British Army, "Medically and physiologically spent".  Newton being invalided out of the British Army would certainly attract compensation from the UK Ministry of Defence, War Disablement Authority, as well as ongoing medical attention. When the UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) War Disablement Authority was approached they told our London agent;

 

Dear Mr XXXXXXXXX  

 

Thank you for your email. I have checked our War Disablement Pension records and we have no trace of this gentleman.

Thanking you

Ms XXXXXXXXXXXX

Veterans Advice Team 

 

Australian Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has reciprocal arrangements with the UK War Disablement Authority. They would have, over the years, arranged medical appointments and generally assisted a heroic and wounded UK war veteran who is an Australian citizen. The Australian Department of Veterans Affairs have never heard of Major   Reginald Bruce Newton, MC and bar.

 

 

Promoted to Major

 

There are no entries in the London Gazette relating to a promotion of a Captain Newton to Major. The British Army, the same as the Australian Army, has a system of time in rank, whereby officers must serve a specific time in each rank, as part of their qualification for promotion to the next rank. From Australian CMF Private soldier to Major, British Army, would require at least nine or ten years. Newton did it in two and a half as well as, absorbing and mastering many different languages and specialist training, required for covert operations

 

"Was medically and physiologically spent"

 

No wonder Newton was physiologically spent, as he had achieved much for the British Empire in three years on both, His, and Her Majesty's Secret Service. In reality the achievements, promotions, battles, honours and awards would never fit into such a time frame .

 

Returned to London.

 

May 1953 - Invalided out of the British Army as a Major aged 23 years .

 

As stated above, not known at UK Ministry of Defence The Imperial War Museum or the War Disablement Authority.  No entry in the London Gazette relating to his retirement .

 

Newton mentions a large, bald headed Mongolian Intelligence Officer.

 

Newton adds little anecdotes to his story to given them the human touch. He tells of a large, bald headed Mongolian who wore a large medal around his neck that was given to him by the Czar of Russia. The Mongolian escaped from Russian communists with a large amount of gold bullion and worked with Newton in Mongolia and Korea in 1952.   Newton said, in October 2000 "The large, bald headed Mongolian was now living in Australia and doing very well".

 

If the large, bald headed Mongolian was given a Medal by the Czar and escaped from the Russians he would have had to have been at least 20 years old in 1917. Do the calculations, and if the large bald headed Mongolian was living in Australia and doing well, in October 2000, he would have to be 103 years old.

 

Australian Military Service as a CMF Private Soldier from 1948 to 1950

 

Newton was born on 22 September 1930.  On 12 September 1949 aged nearly nineteen he joined the 30th Infantry Battalion, NSW Scottish 2 Division a Citizens Military Forces unit based in Sydney, as 257955 Private R B Newton, where he served until the 13 Nov 1952. According to Reginald he departed Sydney for the UK in late 1950 to work in UK Intelligence. His CMF records clearly show him still in Australia in 1952.   30 th Battalion merged with the RNSW Regiment in the early 1950s.

 

Because of his service with the 30th Battalion Newton was eligible for membership to the current RNSWR Association.    As a result of his Wannabe posing he is a well-known member of that association. When asked by the RNSWR Association for proof of his service he is quoted as saying "I worked for British Intelligence and cannot divulge my discharge papers".   Any Service papers in his possession would show his regimental details, decorations, medals and awards all listed against his "home unit" and disclosure of this information would be no threat to Global Security as Reginald Newton purports

 

Newton claims to be Major Reginald Bruce Newton MC and Bar (Retired). He wears the medals and acts the part of a retired British Major.   Newton is a fraud a Wannabe and an impostor.

 

We ask you to review the evidence and come to your own conclusion. Our conclusions are that:

 

He never left Australia in 1950 to work with British Intelligence.

He was never a commissioned officer in the British Army.

He did not train at Arisaig Scotland or at Beaulieu Manor in New Forest in 1950 or 1951.

He was not trained by any of the famous trio Fairbairn, Sykes or Mayne

He did not serve as a British officer in covert operations in Europe, Laos, Mongolia or Korea

He was never wounded in action.

He is fraudulently wearing bravery, and service medals.

He was still in Australia in 1951 when he claimed to be training at secret schools in the UK

 

ESO Membership

What has to be done to convince ESOs, that when claims of "Secret Service" are uttered, it is essential to insist on proof of service

 

Unfortunately people like Newton are aided and abetted by well meaning and honest, but gullible executives of Ex Service Organisations, who, having served in the Armed Forces trust that a retired Major is a decent and honourable person. Newton is not a decent and honourable person and has never been an Army Officer or the recipient of bravery awards in any army anywhere at anytime

 

Newton's antics are an affront to veterans worldwide; they are an insult to a long line of his soldierly relatives, - including Newton VC an heroic WW II pilot from the Australian 22nd Sqn. The Squadron is now based at Richmond NSW. In December 2002 at a dinner in the Squadron's Sergeants Mess honouring Flight Lieutenant Bill Newton, VC.  The RAAF Newspaper reported

 

"Also present were members of the Newton family – which has a proud history of service to Australia – including Major Reg Newton MC (ret'd) whose Army service overseas reflected the depth of commitment the extended Newton family had given to the ADF."

 

Newton has committed wrongs against veterans and against his family as well as crimes against Australian federal law.  Penalties for falsely wearing medals and claiming to be a veteran are heavy, and include jail. Jail is where he belongs and we will do our utmost to help him get there, although, his lies, deceit and miserable behaviour has done most of the work already.

 

The tragedy is that Newton was not exposed a long time ago, which is indicative of the depth of his deceit and the planning that he must have put into his charade. These actions cannot be actions of stable personality, and it is suggested to Newton that he seeks immediate psychological help.

 

Newton will remain on our web site for the rest of his life.   We will alert Defence establishments and Ex Service Organisations in the Sydney area and Australia wide of his deceit, so that he – a miserable impostor – will never again be held as an example of an "Heroic cold war veteran", as he was in the 1/19th Association Newsletter and the RAAF 22nd Squadron Sergeants Mess, as reported in the RAAF Newspaper of December 2002.

 

Newton, go to all those people you have fooled over the years and apologise, then go to a psychologist and seek help for your personality defect.

 

  Sydney Morning Herald 1 April 2005

 

  8 July 2006

Reginald Bruce Newton is a member of the 2/19th Bn Association. The President of that Association Mr Roger Perry finds it impossible to grasp the concept that his "good friend" Reginald Bruce Newton is a fraud an impostor and a thief of honour .

Perry wrote in the latest edition of the 2/19th Bn Newsletter

 

 

Mr Perry is approaching a great disappointment because he will eventually discover that his good friend Newton has been lying for all these years.

 

Newton had the opportunity to clear his name before we published his story on our web site. On the 21st January 2006 we sent a letter to Newton. He chose to ignore our letter.

 

Mr Perry said that Newton is collecting evidence from the United Kingdom, should he choose to wait for that evidence he will grow old and weary, because the evidence does not exist. Perry is a loyal friend to Newton but infinitely gullible. Perhaps the 2/19th Association could collect some evidence as well. The NSW State Library Sydney, the National Library Canberra and the National Archives Australia hold records of the NSW Scottish Battalion and Newton's service file, these records will show Reginald was still attending parades in Sydney during his "dreamed up" cold war secret service.

Finally, Newton has committed serious offences by falsely wearing gallantry and other medals. The penalty for these offences is a heavy fine or gaol.

This is published in the public interest, particularly that of the Vietnam Veteran Community. All information presented here is fact and the truth. Reports from private citizens are supported by statements of fact and statutory declarations.

 

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