Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Augustus Waterous Agnew

In memory of:

Major Augustus Waterous Agnew

September 17, 1916

Courcelette, France

Military Service


Age:

32

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Pioneers

Division:

3rd Battalion

Additional Information


Born:

June 6, 1884
Montreal, Québec

Enlistment:

August 18, 1915
Victoria, British Columbia

Son of William and Emma Johnson Waterous Agnew, of Victoria, British Columbia. Husband of Mary Gober. Brother of Martha Clara Kathleen Agnew, of Victoria, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 45 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY
Somme, France

Grave Reference:

II. A. 4.

Location:

Contay is a village in the Department of the Somme on the main road, Amiens to Arras. The CONTAY BRITISH CEMETERY lies on the left (north east) side of the road to Franvillers. There are no access problems. There is a CWGC road sign next to the church and square of the village and next to the D23, Franvillers - Corbie, sign. The distance from the CWGC sign to the Cemetery is approximately 650 metres.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Memorial– This is a marker/mausoleum belonging to the Agnew family.  It is located in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia. 

As was commonly done at the time, Major Agnew's family chose to commemorate his death in the family plot, in spite of his having been killed and buried on the Somme.

Photo courtesy of Bob Penhale.
  • Inscription– This is the detail on the Agnew marker in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria.  The text refers to other members of Major Agnew's family as well as himself, but the relevant part is as follows:

Augustus Waterous Agnew
Born in Montreal, Quebec
Major 3rd Canadian Pioneers
48th Battn C.E.F.
Who fell in action
At Courcelette September 1916
Buried at Contay, France.

Photo courtesy of Bob Penhale.
  • Plaque– Major Augustus Waterous Agnew, alumni of the Royal Military College of Canada 1902 #626. He died on September 17, 1916. His name is listed on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Parade– Major Augustus Waterous Agnew served with the Canadian Pioneers. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. He was cadet #626 in the class of 1902 at the Royal Military College of Canada. He served as a Major 3rd Canadian Pioneers, 48th Battn C.E.F. He fell in action at Courcelette September 17, 1916. He was buried at Contay, France. 
Ex-cadet who is named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.
  • Plaque– Pro Deo Et Patria Erected by the Royal Military College Club of Canada Anno Domini 1923. Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada.

626 Major Augustus Waterous Agnew (RMC 1902) served with the Canadian Pioneers. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. He served as a Major 3rd Canadian Pioneers, 48th Battn C.E.F. He fell in action at Courcelette September 17, 1916. He was buried at Contay, France.
  • Stained Glass Window– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.

626 Major Augustus Waterous Agnew (RMC 1902) served with the Canadian Pioneers. He was born in Montreal, Quebec. He served as a Major 3rd Canadian Pioneers, 48th Battn C.E.F. He fell in action at Courcelette September 17, 1916. He was buried at Contay, France.
  • Memorial– Ex-cadets are named on the Memorial Arch at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston, Ontario and in memorial stained glass windows to fallen comrades.
  • Memorial– Memorial stair, Royal Military College, Kingston

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