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Remembering World War I Yarmouth Connections
  Keith Dalston Withycombe 
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Article from the Cambridge Chronicle newspaper, Cambridge, Massachusetts November 23, 1918 Sunday   morning;   Mrs.   George   A.   Littlefield,   of   2062   Massachusetts   Avenue,   received   a   cablegram   from the   London   War   Office   announcing   that   her   son,   Private   Keith   D.   Withycombe,   had   been   killed   in   action October 22nd.  Private   Withycombe   was   born   In   Yarmouth,   Nova   Scotia,   27   years   ago.      He   came   to   this   city   in   infancy and   lived   here   up   to   January,   1916.      He   was   for   some   years   employed   as   driver   by   the   Fresh   Pond   Ice Co.   He   attended   the   Shepard   School.      In   July,   1915,   he   enlisted   in   England   in   the   Royal   Field   artillery, and   drove   a   truck   in   the   ammunition   train.      During   the   six   months   prior   to   his   enlistment   Private Withycombe   was   engaged   in   the   trans-Atlantic   merchant   marine   service,   making   one   trip   as   a   hostler on   a   horse   transport,   and   three   trips   as   a   seaman.      During   his   trips   across   he   had   some   exciting experiences   in   dodging   submarines,   and   on   one   occasion   a   near-by   sister   transport   was   torpedoed.     During   his   39   months   of   active   service   in   France   he   received   a   shell-shock   wound   in   the   eyes   which entitled   him   to   the   wounded   shoulder   service   strap   which   will   be   noted   in   the   picture.      He   was   a member   of   Mt.   Sinai   lodge,   I.   O.   O.   F.,   where   he   was   very   popular.      His   brother   Odd   Fellows   sent   him   a Christmas   box   last   year.      A   box   from   his   mother   Is   now   en   route   in   the   mails,   and   at   the   moment   of receiving   the   cablegram   announcing   his   death   she   was   in   the   act   of   putting   a   favorite   fruit   cake   in   the oven that was intended for the boy overseas. Beside   his   mother,   Private   Withycombe   is   survived   by   two   brothers.   Hadley,   who   is   attached   to   the Engineers   Corps   in   the   American   Expeditionary   Force,   and   William   Withycombe   who   is   a   third   mate   in the merchant marine service.
  Name: Keith Dalston Withycombe Service Number: L/35497  Rank: Driver   Service United Kingdom Royal Field Artillery “D” Battery 51st Brigade Date of Enlistment: July, 1915       Date of Birth: May 11, 1891 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia   Date of Death: October 22, 1918 Age at Death: 27 Cemetery: Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium Not Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial  Keith was the son of Mary A. Littlefield (formerly Withycombe) of Cambridge, Mass. US,  and William R. Withycombe (1855 - 1900).  His father, William, was born September 26, 1855 in Ferryland, Newfoundland and died in Cambridge Mass., September 8, 1900.