He served in the veterinary units of the British Armed Forces in
South Africa during the Anglo-Boer War, where he gained extensive
experience in servicing horses. After
the end of the war in 1903, Newcomb was appointed a veterinarian to
the polar expedition A. Fiala, organized with the help of W.
Ziegler and aimed at
reaching the North Pole from the Franz-Josef
Land archipelago. The
task of Newcomb was to care for the ponies, which the unlucky
American polar explorers were going to use as a vehicle.The
expedition, as you know, ended ingloriously. The
ship of the expedition “America” was blown away by ice, the march to
the pole did not take place, and most of the animals died.
After the expedition Newcomb spent some time searching for
asbestos in Quebec. During
the First World War, he was an officer in the veterinary unit.
the islands of Pritchett and Bromwich of the archipelago
Franz Josef Land. Opened
in 1899 by the expedition of William
name is given by A. Fiala.