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Keith Dalston Withycombe     Service Royal Field Artillery “D” Battery 51st Brigade     Regimental Number: L/35497  Rank: Driver   Date of Birth: May 11, 1891 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia          Keith was the son of Mary A. Littlefield (formerly Withycombe) of 24 Norris St., Cambridge, Mass. US,  and William R. Withycombe (1855 - 1900).  His father was born September 26, 1855 in Ferryland, Newfoundland and died in Cambridge Mass., September 8, 1900.  Date of Death: October 22, 1918 Age at Death: 27 Cemetery: Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium         Not Commemorated on the Yarmouth Monument    
  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.