Albert Victor Newby

Jun 12, 1887

Born in Kent, England to Edward Johnson and Susannah Saunders (nee Sherred) Newby


Apr 8, 1907

Married to Daisy Jubilee Foreman in Thanet, Kent


Oct 14, 1912

Embarked the SS Hurona in Middlesbrough, England with his wife and son


Oct 30, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Aug 6, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion CEF in Barriefield, Ontario

Ø  Number 455240

Ø  Next of kin given as Daisy Newby, wife, 211 Dundas St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “B” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Aug 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 150 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Left the base depot and joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Albert


Sep 16, 1916

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Newby joined the 21st Battalion.  Because the battalion was involved in heavy fighting at the sugar factory on the Somme, it is likely, although not officially noted, that he joined the rear party in Albert while the battalion was heavily engaged.


Nov 19, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Nov 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Jan 16, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) Enteric.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Jan 18, 1917

Transferred to the No. 24 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples and the diagnosis was changed to read Enteric Obstruction (a bowel obstruction)


Feb 25, 1917

While in hospital he developed Bronchitis and was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe



On arrival in England he was admitted to the Walden Court Military Hospital in Eastbourne

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 5, 1917

Transferred to the Cooden VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) Hospital in Bexhill


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 17, 1917

transferred to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for Physical Therapy and rehabilitation to aid his recovery


Mar 26, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent depot and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 11, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples


May 7, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Newby joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


May 12, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Mercatel, France


Aug 27, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, south-east of Vis en Artois, Private Albert Newby was killed in action.  He was buried in a nearby field when the fighting had moved on.  After the war ended his body was exhumed and reburied in the Wancourt British Cemetery, south-east of Arras


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Daisy Newby, 161 Waverly Rd., Toronto, Ontario

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