Wednesday 18 May 2011

Private Arthur Joseph Newman

Born on 2 October 1873 in St. Pancras, London, England - husband of Elizabeth Newman, Laurentian View, Ontario - son of William W. and Mary Ann Newman, St. Pancras, London, England - brother of William E., Richard Henry, Louisa Jane, Charles Edward and Maria Jane Newman.

At the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address as Laurentian View, Ontario; labourer; married; no current military service; previously served with the North Middlesex Rifles (five years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 5 inches; chest of 37.5 inches fully expanded; medium complexion. grey eyes; medium hair.

Joined the 154th Battalion, CEF, in Cornwall, Ontario, on 26 February 1916 (number 633603) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 18 or 19 January 1918 - killed in action on 27 September 1918 - battalion report: "When advancing with his pl[atoon] thru Inchy en Artois towards Canal du Nord morning 27 Sep 18 an HE [high explosive] shell fell close to him and was instantly killed by concussion." - official report: "While advancing with his Platoon north west of Inchy-en-Artois he was instantly killed by concussion caused by a high explosive shell which fell close to him." - buried in Quarry Wood Cemetery (grave III.A.6), 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, 19680299-003, 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,; The National Archives of the UK, RG 11, piece 190, folio 33, page 5, Census Returns of England and Wales, 1881 (via

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