CEF Soldier Detail

Sergeant Samuel Newell
Died: August 27, 1918

Regimental Number:
55261
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
19th Battalion
Company:
A Company
Place of Birth:
Burnt Head
Country:
Newfoundland
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:
Machinist
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Toronto, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
November 19, 1914
Age at enlistment:
21
Height:
5 Feet 6 Inches
Chest:
36 Inches
Expansion:
4 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Killed in attack near Cagnicourt.
Date of Death:
August 27, 1918
Age at Death:
25
Buried at:
Valley Cemetery, France
Plot:
A. 10.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box r7288 - 33
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes
55261 Sjt. Samuel Newell MM & BAR
'A' Company 19th (Toronto) Battalion CEF


EXECUTED by the enemy August 27, 1918

Samuel Newell was born at Burnt Head, Conception Bay Newfoundland on June 28, 1893, the son of William Newell. Sometime before the Great War Samuel moved to Toronto Ontario where he took up work as a Machinist. He address was given as 29 Redwood Avenue.

Samuel enlisted in the 19th (Toronto) Overseas Battalion on November 19, 1914 and encamped with the battalion on the grounds of Canadian National Exhibition (a site which is still there today).

Arrived with the 19th Battalion in England on May 22, 1915 and then to France and the front with the rest of the ‘new’ Canadian 2nd Division on September 14, 1915. Sentenced to 3 days field punishment No. 1 for 2 hours (tied to a wagon wheel) on February 14, 1916. Late with his battalion at The Battle of St. Eloi, or the ‘Battle for the Craters’ in early April 1916.

While at the Somme he was accidentally wounded by the explosion of a bomb on September 14, 1916. He was taken to 4th Canadian Field Ambulance and then eventually to 8th Canadian General Hospital with a Shrapnel Wound to the Right Thigh. Arrived back at his unit on November 9, 1916 toward the end of the Battle of the Somme.

Made L/Cpl. on January 26, 1917. Attached to the 2nd Divisional Burial Party on August 1, 1917; a job that was likely very hard on a mans sanity. Newell was returned back to his unit in early September 1917. I’m certain he was very pleased to be redeployed.

Promoted Cpl. at Passchendale on November 3, 1917, and A/L/Sjt. On November 9 and full Sergeant on December 3, 1917.

The Diary of Cpl. Deward Barnes 'A' Coy. 19th Battalion reveals that Sjt. Newell was one of three men detailed to escort Pte. Harold Lodge 19th Bn. to his execution in Feb. 1918:

‘…Had to take Private Lodge a deserter to Mount-St. Eloi clink. He was handcuffed to Alex Armstrong with me on the other side and Sgt. Sam Newell behind. We had pistols and were ordered to shoot to kill if he attempted to get away. He had escaped twice before…'

Newell was awarded his first Military Medal in April 1918 for his part in a bayonet and bombing charge as described in the diary of Cpl. D. Barnes:

April 16, 1918

'....When the Germans shell and fire for a raid it’s always along the whole trench except when the raid is on. The Liverpools got in a panic and some jumped out of the trench. A real panic, crying and frightened. No. 1 Platoon of the 19th Battalion was lying immediately behind them as a reinforcement for us. They jumped out and charged (it was getting to be afternoon now). They bombed them out. Lieut. Borthwick, who led the counterattack, got killed. Sergeant Newell, Sergeant Thatcher and Stretcher Bearer Nichol later received the Military Medal for their part in the charge. We were relieved and left the front line at 11:00pm'


Sjt. Samuel Newell was killed on August 27, 1918 near Arras. The 'Barnes Diary' reveals that Newell was executed by the enemy after being captured and found to be in possession of German photographs:

August 27, 1918

'Sergeant Newell and a private went out investigating the enemy front lines. They had had too much rum to drink...'

'.....We later found Sergeant Newell in the corner of a trench we had taken. He had been shot through the back of the head and his pockets were empty. The Germans let him get past them, then they ambushed him. When they captured him, they found his souvenirs, which were German photos of their families-and he had his pockets full of them.'


Samuel Newell was 25 years of age.

He was posthumously awarded a bar to this MM on December 16, 1919. Unfortunately no citation exists for his second Military Medal.

He was buried in Valley Cemetery Vis-en Artois France.
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Sergeant Canadian Infantry 19th Battalion A Company
Private Canadian Infantry 19th Battalion
Images
Medals to #55261 Sjt. NEWELL, SAMUEL, MM & Bar,"A" Coy. 19th Bn
War Diary for August 27th, 1918
Son of William and Mary Jane Newell, of 29, Redwood Avenue, Toronto. Native of Burnt Head, Conception Bay, Newfoundland.
Awards and Decorations
Military Medal
Military Medal First Bar