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Henry Howard


Howard, Henry, enlisted at Montreal, Quebec, originally of Barrow-on-Furness, Lancashire, England. Occupation: Naval Draughtsman. Medals/Honours: Military Medal (MM). Military Service: Private, Sergeant, Reg. No. 410989, 1st University Co., PPCLI, transferred to Canadian Machine Gun Corps (CMGC), Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Hooked up with [H.] Howard and [J.B.] Mawdsley,” 2:27 Oct ’15. Hodder-Williams, 210, recorded that Pte. H. Howard ws struck off strength to 7th Brigade Machine Gun Company on 20 May 1916. He did not record his subsequent military service.

Additional Biographical Information:

Sgt. Howard was born in Barrow-on Furness, Lancashire in 1887 and worked as a naval draughtsman before enlisting at Montreal in the 1st University Company 12 March 1915. After training in England, he went across to France on 17 July 1915 with the 1st University Company and joined the PPCLI in the Armentieres Sector on 28 July 1915. (Frank Whiting arrived there with the 2nd University Company on 1 September 1915). Howard was hospitalised with the 83rd Field Ambulance for 4 days with a finger infection on 17 September 1915. A few months later, on 29 March 1916, he was sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 for lighting a trench fire against Trench Orders. He transferred to the 7th Infantry Brigade Machine Gun Company (CMGC) in May 1916 and was promoted to Sergeant in February 1917. In August 1917, he received the Military Medal for Bravery, then died of wounds in action while supporting the PPCLI attack on Meetcheele Ridge during the Battle of Passchendaele on 30 October 1917. Newman, Stephen K, With the Patricia’s in Flanders 1914-1918 Then and Now (Saanichton, B.C.: Bellewaerde House Publishing, 2000), 224.

Date of Death: 30 October 1917. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Memorialised at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Memorial Reference: Panel 32. 


Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium.


Ypres (Menin gate) Memorial