Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 21, 1888
Place of BirthKeewatin, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinEdwin Newell, father, 294 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / CallingPlumber
Service Details
Regimental Number3549
Service Record
BattalionDistrict Depot
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Army Service Corps
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 20, 1916
Age at Enlistment27
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathNovember 29, 1969
Age at Death81
Buried AtRose Hills Memorial Park, Whittier, Los Angeles, California

Newell, Edwin Robert

Edwin Robert (Ted) Newell was born on 21 October 1888 in Keewatin, Ontario, date and place confirmed by his Ontario birth record. His father Edwin Newell was from England while his mother Jane Donnelly was from Ontario. It appears that the couple first lived in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba before moving to northwestern Ontario. The 1881 census for Eastern Manitoba Extension (now part of Ontario) listed Edwin Sr’s occupation as store keeper, while the 1891 census for Keewatin gave his occupation as manager of a lumber company. By the time of the 1901 census the family had moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Edwin Sr was working as a foreman at a planing mill. Known children born to the family were Edith (1875-1949), Isabella (1876-1948), Elizabeth (1878-1892), Joseph (1879-before the 1891 census), William (1881-1935), Bertha (1883-1964), Ethel Maud (1885-1961), Walter (1887-1965), Edwin, Alice Louise (1891-1973), Olive Gertrude (1893-1967), Albert Victor (1897-1967), and Murray Gardiner (1899-1918). Edwin’s mother died in May of 1908 followed by his father in December of 1916, both interred in St John’s Anglican Church Cemetery in Winnipeg.

Edwin enlisted with the Canadian Army Service Corps, Canadian Expeditionary Force on 20 February 1916 at Shorncliffe in England. His date of birth was given as 28 October 1888 in Keewatin, his occupation as plumber, and his next of kin as his father Edwin back in Winnipeg.

Edwin disembarked in France on 13 May 1916, taken on strength of Canadian Army Service Corps Pool as reinforcement and attached to the Canadian Base Depot. Later that month he was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Divisional Ammunition Sub Park, and was appointed Lance Corporal in October. On 24 December Edwin was granted a ten day leave, returning on 6 January 1917. A second leave, to the UK, was granted in mid November 1917. While on leave Edwin was admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital at Witley (vdg), discharged on 29 March 1918. Edwin was to spend the duration of the war in England, serving at the CASC District Depot. On 1 April 1919 Edwin was promoted to Staff Sergeant with pay until further orders while employed for demobilization purposes. On 1 October he was posted to the CASC London area. Edwin embarked for Canada on 20 November 1919 and was discharged from service on 6 December in Halifax. His intended residence upon discharge was given as Winnipeg.

The 1921 census found Edwin living with his sister Edith and husband Fred Carr in Winnipeg, occupation given as mechanic on the census. At some point Edwin married, and by November of 1922 he and his wife Elsie had crossed the border on their way to Los Angeles, California where his sister Bertha was living. The 1930 US census listed Edwin and Elsie as living in Beverley Hills, California, with Edwin working as a plumber in building construction. Sadly, it appears that Elsie died in 1938 in Los Angeles, with Edwin listed as widower on the 1940 census for Los Angeles. Just days after the census was taken he married on 13 April in Las Vegas, his wife Sybil listed as next of kin on his 1941 petition for naturalization. The next year Edwin signed his US WW2 Draft registration card, the couple living on Glendon Avenue in Los Angeles with Edwin working for the California Plumbing Company.

Edwin died on 29 November 1969 in Los Angeles. At the time of his death his only surviving sibling was his sister Alice Oxley who later died in 1973 in Winnipeg. Along with his sister Bertha and brother Albert, Edwin is interred in the Rose Hill Memorial Park in Whittier, Los Angeles, California.

By Judy Stockham

gravemarker photo: courtesy of Pam on


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