Photo taken by Wayne Tyler.

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. In 1911, three years before the start of the War, the population of the Dock was only 167.

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

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Memorial to Clement at the Dock


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:



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

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MIA Battle Arras near village of Monchy-le-Preux, 

The Battle of Arras. Its next major engagement was in the Battle of Arras. On April 11, 1917, British forces had seized the French village of Monchy le Preux from German control. The Newfoundland Regiment was part of a subsequent plan to drive German forces from the surrounding land… It was a tremendous success, but it occurred alongside terrible loss. Reports of the casualties are conflicting, but the Newfoundland Regiment lost about 453 men from April 12 to 15 – 166 died, 134 were wounded, and the Germans took 153 prisoners, of whom 28 later died in captivity. https://www.heritage.nf.ca/first-world-war/articles/other-battles.php#:~:text=The%20Battle%20of%20Arras,forces%20from%20the%20surrounding%20land.


Pte Victor Perrin Newell

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





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.



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


Pte. Richard Lewis Newell (actually Louis Frederick Newell, see note below)

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

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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.

The following was provided by Maureen Hastings:  My grandfather Louis Frederick Newell (his parents John & Susanna, grp Nathaniel and Virtue) enlisted as Richard Lewis Newell (because he was underage) on Sept 10,1915 age 15 but said he was 18. Re-enlisted Oct 1917, medically discharged Mar 2018.

I believe he is bottom row 3rd from left in first photo (15 yrs age) and bottom row 4th from left in second photo (age 17):

RNR Photo #1.

RNR Photo #2


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

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Private Harry Augustus Wells

Harry Augustus was  from Bay Roberts but his mother was Ruth Newell from ‘The Dock’ and his father was a Wells from Salmon Cove who was likely related to my great grandmother Caroline Wells. His parents were married at the Dock in 1890.

Private Harry Augustus Wells (Regimental Number 3943), having no known last resting-place, is commemorated beneath the Caribou in Beaumont-Hamel Memorial Park. Private Wells was reported as having been killed in action on October 25, 1918. His memorial in Bay Roberts states:

WELLS Pte Harry   Oct 25, 1918 24yrs,9mos No 3943. Son of Robert and Ruth Wells who was killed at Harleberke, Belgium. Died on the field of battle; ‘Twas noble thus to die, God smiles on valiant soldiers, His record is on high.

See: https://www.therooms.ca/sites/default/files/wells_harry_augustus_3943.pdf


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:
Survived War:
Canadian Infantry
19th Battalion
A Company
Place of Birth:
Burnt Head
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:
Marital Status:
Prior Military Experience:
Place of Enlistment:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
November 19, 1914
Age at enlistment:
5 Feet 6 Inches
36 Inches
4 Inches
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Saw service in:
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Killed in attack near Cagnicourt.
Date of Death:
August 27, 1918
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Valley Cemetery, France
A. 10.




William Robert Newell born Burnt Head (recorded as Brigus)

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


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


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

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



Charles H. Newell born Brigus (listed as Newfoundland)

He was from Burnt Head (Millitary records give Brigus as place of birth), his parents were George Newell and Emily Hussey who were married in 1891.

Dec 9, 1891 Burnt Head NEWELL, George 24 Bachelor   C of E Burnt Head    
    HUSSEY, Emily 18 Spinster   C of E Burnt Head    

George and Emily are buried in St. John’s Norway Cemetery in Toronto Ontario 


Canadian Field Artillery 2nd Div. died in France due to Illness

Reference to Brigus in Medical Records

Photo Charles H. Newell

Headstone for Charles H. Newell – Jan 22 1917 –  Etaples Military Cemetery, France 

WWII Harvey Newell RA

At the start of WWII the Government of Newfoundland made a decision not to raise an Infantry Regiment as they did in WWI but instead raised two Newfoundland Artillery Regiments. These Regiments served in North Africa and Europe. Records for WWII are not yet in the public domain so it is difficult to identify men who served in these Regiments but I did find a press clipping from a Canadian War Correspondent reporting on a British Artillery Regiment in Normandy as part of D-Day. He describes the Newfoundlanders serving with the Regiment including Harvey Newell from Bell Island. Harvey was a Newell from the Dock (b 1916, son of Isaac & Sarah Morgan, decendant of James son of Philip) who moved to Bell Island to work in the Iron Mines.

Harvey Newell 1921 Census Bell Island Mines