Matthew Charles Newark was the son of Matthew and Gertrude Newark, of Bistley, County Durham. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery, transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps and volunteered for airborne forces.
Private Newark successfully completed his glider training and was attached to RAMC, G Squadron, Glider Pilot Regiment, and took part in Operation Market Garden (Arnhem).
Pte Newark was killed in action on 25 September 1944, aged 25, and was brought in by civilians and given a field burial near the Hartenstein Hotel, Oosterbeek, and was re-interred to Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery on 13 August 1945.
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