Sylvan Thomas Newick 1895-1986

Sylvan Thomas NEWICK is my great grandfather. He was born in Mayfield, Sussex on 27 January 18951. His parents are Henry NEWICK and Emily DUPLOCK. His name has been spelt several ways over the records: Silvan, Silven, Sylven and Sylvan. I have decided to use Sylvan, which was the spelling that the family have always known him by.

When and Where BornNameSexName and Surname of FatherName, Surname and Maiden Name of MotherOccupation of FatherInformantWhen Registered
27 January 1895. Hampdens Lodge, MayfieldSilvan ThomasBoyHenry NEWICKEmily NEWICK formerly DUPLOCKFarm labourerE NEWICK. Mother. Hampdens Lodge, Mayfield12 March 1895


Sylvan Thomas NEWICK was baptised on 07 April 1895 at St Dunstan’s Church, Mayfield, Sussex. Sylvan’s father Henry was a labourer from Mayfield, Sussex.

Date of BaptismGiven NamesParents’ NamesResidenceFather’s Occupation
07 April 1895Sylvan ThomasHenry & Emily NEWICKMayfieldLabourer

1901 Census

In 1901, Sylvan Thomas NEWICK was living at 1 Darby’s Cottages2 with his parents Henry & Emily NEWICK, and 9 of his 11 siblings.

Name and SurnameRelation to HeadCondition as to MarriageAgeProfession or OccupationWhere Born
Henry NEWICKHeadMarried43Carter on farmTicehurst, Stonegate, Sussex
Emily NEWICKWifeMarried40Mayfield, Sussex
Harry NEWICKSonSingle17Stock man on farmMayfield, Sussex
Charlie NEWICKSonSingle15Carters boy on farmMayfield, Sussex
William NEWICKSon13Carters boy on farmMayfield, Sussex
Albert NEWICKSon12ScholarMayfield, Sussex
James NEWICKSon11ScholarMayfield, Sussex
Arthur NEWICKSon10ScholarMayfield, Sussex
Frank NEWICKSon9ScholarMayfield, Sussex
May NEWICKDaur.8ScholarMayfield, Sussex
Sylvan NEWICKSon6ScholarMayfield, Sussex
Emily NEWICKDaur.4ScholarMayfield, Sussex

1911 Census

In 1911, Sylvan Thomas NEWICK (Sylven) was living at home with his parents Henry & Emily at Darby’s Cottages, Wadhurst3 (the same address as in 1901). Sylvan was working as a labourer on a farm.

Name and SurnameRelationship to HeadAgeParticulars as to MarriageProfession or OccupationBirth Place
Henry NEWICKHead53MarriedWaggoner on farmStonegate, Sussex
Emily NEWICKWife50Married 28 years. 12 children, 12 living, 0 diedMayfield, Sussex
Albert Henry NEWICKSon22SingleLabourer on farmMayfield, Sussex
James Duplock NEWICKSon21SingleWaggoner on farmMayfield, Sussex
Arthur Ernest NEWICKSon20SingleLabourer on farmMayfield, Sussex
Frank NEWICKSon18SingleGardener (domestic)Mayfield, Sussex
Sylven Thomas NEWICKSon14SingleLabourer on farmMayfield, Sussex
Emily NEWICKDaughter14SchoolMayfield, Sussex
Edward Kingsley NEWICKSon8Wadhurst, Sussex

Sylvan Thomas NEWICK was a Lance Corporal in the Royal Engineers during WWI. The family story is that during his service in France, he got trench-foot and lost his big toe.


Sylvan Thomas NEWICK (Sylvan) married Etta Dorcas VIDLER (Hetty) at St Peter’s Church, Stonegate, Sussex on 14 November 19174.

When MarriedName and SurnameAgeConditionRank or ProfessionResidenceFather’s Name and SurnameRank or Profession of Father
14 November 1917Sylvan Thomas NEWICK22BachelorLance Corporal. Royal EngineersStonegateHenry NEWICKWaggoner
Hetty Dorcas VIDLER21SpinsterStonegateRichard Joseph VIDLERFarm labourer
Witnesses: Albert Henry NEWICK & Agnes Mary CHEESEMAN

1939 Register

In 1939, Sylvan and Etta NEWICK were living at 49 Kirkdale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent5 with their two sons Thomas and Ronald. Sylvan was working as an assistant carpenter.

Surname and Other NamesM or FBirth Day and YearS M W or DPersonal Occupation
Sylvan T NEWICKM27 January 1895MAssisting carpenter
Etta D NEWICKF12 April 1896MHouse duties
Thomas R NEWICKM16 March 1921SCleaner windows
Ronald W NEWICKM09 December 1923SPorter chemists


Sylvan Thomas NEWICK died on 20 July 1986 at Pembury Hospital, Pembury, Kent6. He is buried at Kent and Sussex Cemetery and Crematorium, Tunbridge Wells, with his wife Etta.

Date and Place of Death:20 July 1986. Pembury Hospital, Pembury
Name and Surname:Sylvan Thomas NEWICK
Date and Place of Birth:27 January 1895. Wadhurst, East Sussex
Occupation and Usual Address:Builder’s labourer (retired). 77 Greggs Wood Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Name and Surname of Informant:Thomas Richard NEWICK
Qualification:Son. In attendance
Usual Address:Poke Hill Farm, Langton Green, Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Cause of Death:1a. Bronchopneumonia. 2. Ischaemic heart disease
Date of Registration:21 July 1986

Family Members:

Wife:Etta Dorcas VIDLER 1896-1968
Father:Henry NEWICK 1857-1939
Mother:Emily DUPLOCK 1861-1943

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  1. Births (CR) England. Mayfield, Sussex. 27 January 1895. NEWICK, Silven Thomas. Entry No. 290.
  2. Census Records. England. Wadhurst, Sussex. 01 April 1901. NEWICK, Henry (head). ED 6. PN 894. FN 62. p. 2. : accessed 12 June 2021.
  3. Census Records. England. Wadhurst, Sussex. 02 April 1911. NEWICK, Henry (head). RD 73. ED 06. PN 4913. : accessed 12 June 2021.
  4. Marriages (CR) England. Stonegate, Sussex. 14 November 1917. NEWICK, Sylvan Thomas and VIDLER, Hetty Dorcas. Entry no. 135.
  5. 1939 Register. England & Wales. Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. NEWICK, Sylvan T. 29 September 1939. Ref: RG 101/1771H. National Archives (Great Britain), Kew, England. Collection: 1939 Register; : accessed 28 June 2021.
  6. Deaths (CR) England. Tunbridge Wells, Kent. 20 July 1986. NEWICK, Sylvan Thomas. Entry No. 220.


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