About Clifford Newton - alias 'Old Sweat'.

Clifford was born in the village of Quorn, Leicestershire, 1933 and educated at Humphrey Perkins Grammar School.

After an engineering indentured apprenticeship in vehicle building he joined The Royal Leicestershire County Regiment in 1954 for his National Service as a PT Instructor posted in Germany, Sudan and Cyprus. It was during that period his interest in military humour was first stimulated by listening to WW2 'old sweat' veterans 'swinging the lamp' with their yarns.

Cliff Newton - Khartoum, Sudan 1955

Cliff Newton - Khartoum
Sudan 1955

Cliff Newton - No Prisoners

"No Prisoners"

Cliff & Son

Cliff & Son
St. George's Day 2005

Returning to civvy street in 1956 he married Georgina and later qualified as an Insurance Assessor and Consulting Engineer. From 1951 to 1970 he graduated to a Class 1 soccer referee officiating for six years in the English Football League.

His other main interest has been vexillology - the study of flag history, usage, protocol and etiquette. In 1975 he and his wife established the Newton Newton family business now probably the UK's foremost manufacturer of military flags, banners, standards and ceremonial regalia.

John Aaron Newton

Cliff's father, John aaron 'Jacko' Newton 4848174
taken as a young bandsman soldier 1925

Cliff on 'Desert Sand'exercise 1955

Cliff on 'Desert Sand'
exercise 1955

Since retirement he has enjoyed collating in book form, short amusing experiences, funny stories, jokes, tales, anecdotes, poems and precious moments in, and associated with, Service life in all Branches of HM Armed Forces. Life as it really was without the editing, warts and all, in the Navy, Army and Air Force.

The success of his first modest publication 'Rank Humour' was confirmed in the interest shown by both current and ex-Servicemen around the globe. The series will continue to grow.


Empire Orwell

Empire Orwell

H.M.T. Dilwara

H.M.T. Dilwara

All publication proceeds are being shared by The Leicestershire Regiment 'Royal Tigers Association' and Quorn Branch of The Royal British Legion.