John Basil Newell



Apr 28, 1889

Born at London England 

A family member believes the actual birth date should be May 1893


Nov 11, 1914

Shown on pay sheet for 21st Battalion CEF


Jan 5, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59744 (temporary number 459)

Ø      Next of kin given as Michel McHean (also shown as McKean) of Armstrong Corners, Perth Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 42nd Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Aug 3, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) and forfeits 1 days pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Dec 27, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Influenza


Dec 28, 1915

Transferred via No 12 Ambulance Train


Dec 29, 1915

Admitted to No 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 30, 1915

Admitted to No 14 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux and diagnosis changed to Enteric Fever


Jan 23, 1916

Transferred to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux


Jan 24, 1916

Diagnosis changed to read Typhoid Fever


Feb 2, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion while still in hospital


Feb 5, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David


Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital


Feb 22, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood, Wokingham


Mar 17, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Mar 20, 1916

Attached to 47th Battalion and detailed to CTD (Canadian Training Depot) at Bramshott for LD (Light Duties)


Apr 24, 1916

Married and next of kin changed to Bessie Isabel Newell, wife, of 10 Lillian Rd., Anfield, Liverpool, England  

Address was later changed to 302 Anfield Rd, Anfield, Liverpool


May 31, 1916

Medical Board report at Bramshott declares him to be recovered, but notes that he is “flabby” and recommends that he will not be fit for duty until after 4 weeks of physical training


Jun 9, 1916

TOS CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkestone and placed On Command to 47th Battalion for PT (Physical Training)


Jun 29, 1916

Transferred to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Monks Horton


Jun 30, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 39th Reserve Battalion and placed On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot) for PT


Jul 11, 1916

Forfeits 1 days pay and “admonished” for overstaying pass by 9½ hours


Aug 5, 1916

Ceases to be On Command on returning to 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp and declared fit for duty


Oct 4, 1916

SOS on transfer to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Oct 16, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion  

The Battalion was in Billets at Divion France regrouping and re-equipping after the fighting on the Somme


Dec 3, 1916

Proceeded to 2nd Division School for the Lewis Machine Gun course


Dec 9, 1916

Returned to duty from course


Jan 5, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge for 2 years of Good Service


Aug 15, 1917

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl


Nov 7, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Nov 8, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 28, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Jan 9, 1918

Attached to CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) for duty


Dec 20, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 3, 1919

Extension of leave granted until January 9, 1919 

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Mar 8, 1919

Transferred to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 25, 1919

Reprimanded for overstaying pass by 1 day, 7 hours. 

Forfeits 2 days pay


Apr 12, 1919

Placed On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton, MD #3 (Military District) pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Grampian at Liverpool with his wife and 3 month old daughter, Mary


TOS Quebec Discharge Depot


May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Quebec City, Quebec


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Quebec City, Quebec 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 302249

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Perth Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge shown as Sgt

o       There is no other entry in the file to show when he was promoted, but his War Service Gratuity pay sheet shows rank of A/Sgt   


Mar 29, 1935

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 84 East Moira St., Belleville Ontario 

These medals had been previously sent to Perth Ontario but returned.


Jul 25, 1957

A replacement set of medals were sent to 94 Yeomans St., Belleville Ontario


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