Sunday, 4 March 2012

Private James Stephen Walter Newcombe

Born on 7 February 1882 in London, England - next of kin listed as Mrs. Jessie Newcombe, Ottawa, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1914: labourer; married; no current military service; previously served with the Rifle Brigade (British army, eight years); Church of England; height of 5 feet 4.75 inches; chest of 38.5 inches fully expanded; ruddy complexion; hazel eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ottawa, Ontario, on 28 December 1914 (number 410159) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 27 or 29 November 1916 - attached to the 12th Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery, CEF, on 14 July or 1 October 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 or 21 November 1918 - struck off the strength of the 38th Battalion on 16 June 1919.

Died on 8 January 1948 - buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.

(image taken in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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