Sunday 15 May 2011

Lieutenant John William New

Born on 30 December 1884 in Richwood, Ontario - son of Albert and Emily Louise New, Widdifield Station, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in North Bay, Ontario; assistant surveyor and engineer; Baptist; currently a member of the 97th Regiment; no previous military service.

Joined the 159th Battalion, CEF, as a lieutenant in North Bay, Ontario, on 1 January 1916 - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 30 November 1916 - killed in action on 31 March 1917 by the "fragment of [an] enemy shell...while on trench duty in Mandon North Trench" on Vimy Ridge - buried in Villers Station Cemetery (grave VII.G.13), France.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; ibid, RG 150, Acc. 1992-93/314, War Graves Registry: Circumstances of Death (via; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; ibid, 19680229-003, Casualties list of A, B, C, and D Co., 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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