WWI

World War I was one of the most significant events in the history of the Newells of the Dock.  By the start of WWI the Dock, which was never more than a small village, was in decline. Many Newells, like my grandfather Albert, had moved away to work in the coal mines of Cape Breton, the iron mines at Bell Island, Ontario or New England. By the start of the War the population of the Dock was likely less than 100.

At least five Newells from ‘The Dock’ served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (RNR) and three of these died overseas. At least five other Newells from Burnt Head served in the Canadian Army and two of these were killed in action.  At least two other  Newells from Brigus / Georgetown served; one in the RNR and one in the Canadian Army; one of these died in France.

The Following is a list of those who served (please let me know if I missed someone):

Cpl. Clement Leslie Newell

Age of Enlistment: 23
Next of Kin: Margaret Jane Newell (p)
Occupation: Clerk
Active Date: 1917
Religion: Church of England (Anglican)
Date of Death: Monday, October 14, 1918
Service Number: 3812
Community: Dock, Bareneed, Port de Grave District
Fatality: Yes
Division: Royal Newfoundland Regiment

– See more at:

https://www.therooms.ca/newell-clement-leslie-0#sthash.mZLPKhgR.dpuf

 

http://www.rnr.therooms.ca/soldier_files/Newell_Clement_Leslie_rnr-2090.pdf

 

Memorial to Clement at the Dock

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Cemetery/clement-leslie-newell.shtml

Corporal Clement Leslie Newell (Regimental Number 3812) is interred in Cement House Cemetery – Grave reference XVII. D. 14. His occupation prior to military service recorded as that of a clerk, Clement Leslie Newell was an agent and traveller (travelling salesman – in his case, of insurance) and earning a variable monthly income of about sixty dollars working for the Scarborough Company of Canada. He was a recruit of the Fifteenth Draft.

The youngest son of Nathaniel Newell, former fisherman, deceased August 30, 1912, and Margaret Jane Newell – to whom he had allotted a daily sixty cents from his pay – of The Dock, Port-de-Grave, he was also the brother of Elfreda*, Jabez and Harold. Corporal Newell was reported as having been killed in action, on October 14, 1918, while serving with ‘B’ Company in fighting beyond the Belgian village of Ledeghem during the Hundred Days Offensive. Clement Leslie Newell had enlisted at the age of twenty-three years and four months: date of birth, January 17, 1894, according to the 1911 Census.

See following for above and more info:

https://www.therooms.ca/sites/default/files/newell_clement_leslie_3812.pdf

 

Cpl. Kenneth S. Newell

Age of Enlistment: 21

Next of Kin: John Newell Sr. (p)

Occupation: School teacher

Active Date: 1915

Religion: Church of England (Anglican)

Date of Death: Saturday, April 14, 1917

Community: Bareneed, Port de Grave District

Fatality: Yes

Division: Royal Newfoundland Regiment

– See more at:

https://www.therooms.ca/newell-kenneth-s#sthash.TEVizsv4.dpuf

 

http://ngb.chebucto.org/NFREG/WWI/ww1-add-newell1692.shtml

 

http://www.rnr.therooms.ca/soldier_files/Newell_Kenneth_Serrick_rnr-2042.pdf

 

Pte Victor Perrin Newell

Born: The Dock, Bareneed, Conception Bay, NF.
Died: 17 Jul 1917
Father: Nathan Newell

http://ngb.chebucto.org/NFREG/WWI/ww1-add-newell3598.shtml

 

http://www.rnr.therooms.ca/soldier_files/Newell_Victor_Perrin_rnr-1942.pdf

 

Private Victor Perrin Newell (Regimental Number 3598) is buried in Ayr Cemetery, Ayrshire – Grave reference G.2.6. His occupation prior to military service recorded as that of a munitions worker earning a weekly $15.00, Victor Perrin Newell was a recruit of the Fourteenth Draft. Having presented himself for medical examination at the Church Lads Brigade Armoury in St. John’s on April 14, 1917, he also enlisted – engaged for the duration of the war at the daily private soldier’s rate of $1.10 per diem – and attested on that same day. Private Newell was not to depart from Newfoundland for overseas service until May 19, when the Bowring Brothers’ vessel Florizel (right) left en route to Halifax. His contingent of three officers and one-hundred eighty-two other ranks, and also ninety-nine recruits of the newly-formed Newfoundland Forestry Unit, then left Nova Scotia for the United Kingdom on board an unspecified* vessel, on May 29.

The son of Nathan Newell, carpenter, and Priscilla Newell – to whom he had allotted a daily sixty cents from his pay – of the Dock, Bareneed, Conception Bay, he was also older brother to both T.-Roy and to Mollie. Private Newell was reported as having died of sickness in hospital on July 17, 1917. The cause was cited as septic meningitis following otorrhœa (middle ear infection) resulting from measles.

https://www.therooms.ca/sites/default/files/newell_victor_perrin_3598.pdf

 

The following soldiers from ‘The Dock’ survived the war:

 

Pte. Richard Lewis Newell

Age of Enlistment: 18

Next of Kin: John Newell:

Occupation: Farmer

Active Date: 1915

Religion: Methodist

Service Number: 1821

Community: Bareneed, Port de Grave District

Fatality: No

Division: Royal Newfoundland Regiment

– See more at: https://www.therooms.ca/newell-richard-lewis#sthash.CJPy4GXG.dpuf

Info on Louis Newell collected by Jane Reed from Edna Florence Newell

As for Louis Newell (my father). I understand that when he was 15 he ran off and joined the Army but Suze [his mother] tracked him down and brought him home. A year later he took off again, changed his name to Richard Newell and got overseas.”

The following 3 photos of Lewis Newell from photocopys provided to me by the late Jane Reed.

Harry Newell

Age of Enlistment: 18

Next of Kin: Susan Newell (p)

Occupation: Fisherman

Active Date: 1918

Religion: Church of England (Anglican)

Service Number: 4612

Community: Bareneed, Port de Grave District

Fatality: No

Division: Royal Newfoundland Regiment

– See more at: https://www.therooms.ca/newell-harry#sthash.ITD7MSQ4.dpuf

 

The Following  Newells from Burnt Head & Georgetown, Brigus also served.

Sergeant Samuel Newell (Born Burnt Head)

Served in Canadian Army, Killed in Action August 27, 1918

Regimental Number:
55261
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
19th Battalion
Company:
A Company
Place of Birth:
Burnt Head
Country:
Newfoundland
Next of Kin:
William Newell of 29 Redwood Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
29 Redwood Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
June 28, 1893
Trade or Calling:
Machinist
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
November 19, 1914
Age at enlistment:
21
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
36 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Killed in attack near Cagnicourt.
Date of Death:
August 27, 1918
Age at Death:
25
Buried at:
Valley Cemetery, France
Plot:
A. 10.

SON OF WILLIAM AND MARY JANE NEWELL, OF 29, REDWOOD AVENUE, TORONTO. NATIVE OF BURNT HEAD, CONCEPTION BAY, NEWFOUNDLAND.

obwfa.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/TORONTO-WAR-DEAD.xlsx

 

William Robert Newell born Burnt Head (recorded as Brigus)

Served in Canadian Army, Died from wounds 10 Nov 1917.

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/list.aspx?SurnameSearch=newell&GivenNameSearch=william&

Following birth record indicates that he was from Burnt Head not Brigus; he likely gave the location of nearest large town on form.

Nov 7, 1881 Burnt Head NEWELL George & Maria William Robert M Thomas Roberts Nov 16, 1881 C of E

http://ngb.chebucto.org/Vstats/pre-1891-registration-burnt-head-ce-bap-1860-1891-p-1-16-pdg.shtml

Wife Matilda, Arrived in Canada Aug 1917 (see below)

 

John Newell  born Burnt Head (listed as Conception Bay)

His marriage United Methodist Church, Brigus list home town

633 John Newell, Burnt Hd Virtue Dawe, Burnt Hd. Jan 16, 1897

 

Note 43 years old when he served in France

His wife Virtue. He sailed from Halifax in 1916.

Details on his family. His son George Alfred also served (see next record)

 

George Alfred Newell born Burnt Head (listed as Nfld.)

Re birth see his father John Newell from Burnt Head above

Served in England but did not go to France due to illness. Married in England (see below)

Arthur Newell born Burnt Head

Recruited in Sydney N.S

Underage and did not serve overseas. Parents Edward and Chailotte Lilly

 

Pte. James Henry Newell born Georgetown (Brigus)

Age of Enlistment: 18

Next of Kin: William Newell (p)

Occupation: Clerk

Active Date: 1916

Religion: Methodist

Service Number: 2429

Community: Georgetown, Port de Grave District

Fatality: No

Division: Royal Newfoundland Regiment

– See more at: https://www.therooms.ca/newell-james#sthash.L5Uunvis.dpuf

 

James Henry Newell was christened on 3 October 1897 in Brigus, Newfoundland, Canada. Parents: William Newell and Bertha .

http://www.greenaus.com/canada/newfoundland/b1234.html

 

Charles H. Newell born Brigus (listed as Newfoundland)

Based on his mothers name the following might be his parents, if so he was from Burnt Head

Dec 9, 1891 Burnt Head NEWELL, George 24 Bachelor C of E Burnt Head Unsigned; but its Jacob Newell
HUSSEY, Emily 18 Spinster C of E Burnt Head writing, that of R.H. Taylor Maria Hussey

Note C of E

Canadian Field Artillery 2nd Div.

Died in France due to Illness

Reference to Brigus in Medical Records

Buried at ETAPLES MILITARY CEMETERY ; Pas de Calais, France