Philip Newton was born in 1920 and educated at Brighton Grammar School where he quickly showed leadership and sporting qualities, winning the 'Humphrey Cup' twice and subsequently becoming the school Head Prefect and CQMS of their Officer Training Corps. He represented the school at cricket, football, athletics and rifle shooting. He later signed on as an amateur with Brighton and Hove Football Club. During his Army career, he took up gliding and became secretary of the BOAR Gliding Club (1945-1948), was Vice Chairman of Army Football (1966-1968), was a Class 1 Referee (1953-1970), played Cricket for his Regiment and became a member of the MCC in 1969. He was also a keen golfer and was Club Champion of the Chislehurst Golf Club in 1973.