Edmund Freeman Newcombe




Jun 28, 1890

Born at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 22, 1914

Shown on payroll for the 43rd Regt, DCOR (the Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles)


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as EL Newcombe (father) of Deputy Minister, Dept of Justice, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      No previous occupation given

Ø      Previous military experience given as Cadet Corps and 4 months with the 43rd DCOR (the Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Nov 11, 1914

Shown on payroll for 21st Battalion


Feb 3, 1915

Promoted to rank of Captain


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


The Casualty Form for this period is missing from the file, but it is recorded on an index card that he embarked at Montreal on this date.  It is also curious that he is not listed on the Embarkation Roll for the Battalion


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jul 20, 1915

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 11th Battalion


Aug 4, 1915

Proceeded to France


Aug 8, 1915



Jan 1, 1916

Reported seriously wounded to the neck, shoulder and neck by shrapnel 

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital, Boulogne


Feb 21, 1916

Taken off the seriously ill list


Mar 2, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David 


Transferred to Bathurst House Hospital, Belgrave Square, London


Mar 29, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Apr 1, 1916

Posted to the General List


Apr 3, 1916

Medical Board declares him unfit for any service for 4 months 

Granted leave to Canada until August 3, 1916


Apr 7, 1916

Embarked RMS Metagama for Canada


Apr 18, 1916

Disembarked in Canada


Aug 4, 1916

Granted extension of leave until August 25, 1916


Aug 19, 1916

Embarked for England


Aug 28, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Infantry School, Bexhill


Aug 30, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Training Division at Bramshott


Sep 2, 1916

To be Orderly Officer, 7th Training Brigade and TOS Administrative Staff


Oct 9, 1916

To be Temp Captain


Oct 20, 1916

To be Staff Captain 11th Training Brigade


Mar 21, 1917

SOS on proceeding to France


Mar 22, 1917

TOS PPCLI on arrival from England and attached to the 61st Division for instruction in Staff Duties.


May 23, 1917

Ceases to be attached to 61st Division and posted to the PPCLI as Supernumerary, then attached to 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters for instruction in Staff Duties.


Jul 11, 1917

Proceeded to Clare College, Cambridge for Staff Course


Sep 7, 1917

Returned from Clare College and reported to 8th Inf Bde Hq


Sep 19, 1917

Ceases to be attached to 8th Inf Bde and is attached to Canadian Corps Headquarters


Oct 11, 1917

Ceases to be attached to Canadian Corps Hq on being transferred to England 

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for purpose of taking a position in Canada


Oct 12, 1917

TOS EORD on arrival from France


Oct 18, 1917

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on returning to Canada for duty 

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Liverpool



Oct 28, 1917

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 30, 1917

Detailed for duty as a DAAG (Deputy Assistant Adjutant General) with the Adjutant General’s Office, Ottawa Ontario


Dec 5, 1918

To hold rank of Major while performing duties as DAAG


Oct 31, 1919

SOS the CEF in Canada


May 1, 1920

Shown as Lieutenant in the Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles


Dec 1, 1920

Shown as Major in #3 Signal Battalion


Nov 11, 1922

Received British War Medal and Victory Medal at Room 75, Woods Bldg, Adjutant General’s Branch, Militia Hqrs, Ottawa 


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