Called For Higher Duties 28/09/2005
Trooping of the Colour for the Duchess of Kent in London in April 1955.
Alan Newton is standing to the left of the Flag Bearer (myself), as you look at the picture.
Alan Newton (affectionately known to the Prince of Wales boys as (“Greg”) because of his resemblance to Gregory Peck, both physically and with his quietly, confident, unassuming nature and mannerisms as displayed by Mr. Peck in so many of his movie roles.
He was born in London on the 2nd April 1938 at St. Mary’s Hospital, West Ham (within the sound of Bow Bells). In 1943 he was evacuated to Manor Farm, Yaxam, near Dereham in Norfolk where he lived until he was 10 years old, a fact that no doubt led him to settle in Norfolk in later life. In 1948 he moved to Westcliff-on-Sea and then in 1953 on to Leigh–on-Sea. He attended Westcliff High School for boys taking his 'O' levels in the Summer of 1954.
He attended Outward Bound Sea School at Aberdovey on 20th November to 16th December 1954, attaining a Merit Award. He joined The Prince of Wales Sea Training School 15th February to 7th June 1955, where he attained the rank of Petty Officer. He served in varying ranks in the Merchant Service with the New Zealand Shipping Company and the Port Line.
In November 1960 he left the sea and joined the Southend-On-Sea Constabulary as a Police Constable serving at Westcliff and Lea Police Stations. It was here in November 1965 he met his future beloved wife Marian, who was a colleague. They were married on 24th April, 1966. They moved to the Norfolk Constabulary in November 1974 and he retired on 29th March 1993, having served 33 years as a Police Officer.
His main interests, apart from being a loving father and granddad, were his ˝ acre of garden in Great Ryburgh, near Fakenham, Norfolk. He was an avid reader and enjoyed a round of golf.
He is survived by his loving wife Marian and their five children Tracy Ann (37), Kerry Jane (36), Donna Elizabeth (32), Aimee Victoria (29) and Owen Robert Alan (21), plus two grandchildren Kimberley Jane (9-1/2) and Jack Joseph (1) with another grandchild due on 24th October 2005. He is also survived by his only sister Joan.
His son Owen, the day before his Passout Parade from the Dartmouth Royal Naval College as a Sub-Lieutenant, in February 2006, has arranged for the family to take his father's ashes onboard a Royal Navy Picket (update) 15th February 2006 Alan's ashes were placed at sea just on the British Coast just off Dartmouth Castle. The Greatest of thanks from his family to the Commodore, Officers and Colleagues of Owen. Who provided Alan with a wonderful respectful burial at sea
I consider it a great honour and a privilege to have been a life long friend and regret that we were unable to take the sail that we had planned later this year, across King George Sound from the Port of Albany, Western Australia, however, he was called for higher duties.
God rest his soul and bless his loving family.
Robert A Brown & Diana E Davies
Port Albany, Western Australia