Sunday 15 May 2011

Sergeant Arthur Newbold

Born on 27 July 1897 in Aston, Birmingham, England - son of Mrs. Alice Newbold, Leicester, England - brother of Annie Newbold, St. Joseph Convent, Wolverhampton, England - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 5.75 inches; chest of 35 inches fully expanded; weight of 119 pounds; light complexion; blue eyes; light brown hair.

Joined the 59th Battalion, CEF, in Barriefield, Ontario, on 28 May 1915 - transferred to the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 22 June 1915 (number 410566) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - killed in action on 29 October 1918 - Battalion report: "Was proceeding up the line with ration train and when in vicinity of La Sentinelle at about 4 p.m. 29 Oct 18 an enemy long range shell struck the road near his horse and fragment hit him in the chest, legs and face. Death instantaneous." - Official report: "While in his billet at Valenciennes he was instantly killed by a fragement of shell which entered the base of his neck between the shoulders." - buried in Denain Communal Cemetery (grave 1.A.18), 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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