Walter Stanley Newman

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 14, 1891

Born at Lincolnshire England


Jan 10, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll Ontario 

Ø      Number 675124

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Rosetta Newman, mother, of Market Deeping, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company 

“B” Company initially did basic Company drill training in Ingersoll, but in June of 1916 the Battalion was brought together at London Ontario for training at the Battalion level.  The following month, the Battalion was sent to Camp Borden Ontario, near Barrie, for more advanced training.


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

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


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Jan 24, 1917

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 with a subsequent deduction of 7 days pay.  The reason for this punishment is not recorded in the file


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a draft of 68 Other Ranks destined for the 21st Battalion


Mar 5, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve at Bois des Alleux


Mar 13, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company for duty, along with 21 other members of the Battalion


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte Newman was killed while serving with the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company.  He is buried in a mass grave in a shell crater, initially labeled as CB 2A.  This was later renamed the Lichfield Crater Cemetery.  Because it is a mass grave, the exact burial spot is not known and the men buried there are commemorated on a wall around the crater.



Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs R Newman, at White Cross Farm, Surfleet, Spalding England. 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr James Newman, at the same address


Above is the Ingersoll Ontario War Memorial and below is the Sons of England Memorial, both in Ingersoll Ontario, and both are courtesy of John Sargeant

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