Rank: Private
Number: 2506
Unit: C Company, 1/6th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 October 1916
Age: 20
Cemetery: Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, Somme, France

Howard had been born in Leicester and was living there at the time of the 1901 Census. The Census records his father, also called Howard, then aged 30 and working as a “felt waller”. His mother, Annie, was also 30.

Howard was the third of five children. His younger brother, Harold (3) and sister, Esther (1) had also been born in Leicester. But his older brothers, James (6) and Walter (8) had been born in Stockport. By the outbreak of war, in 1914, the family had returned to the Stockport area and were living at 22 Christie Street in the Hempshaw Lane area of town.

He was an apprentice hatter, working for James Robinson & Sons Ltd, Romiley and his service number indicates that he enlisted very soon after war was declared. He probably went overseas in early 1915. He was killed in an attack described here. One of his officers wrote to the family saying that he had been with Howard during the attack. Howard must have been a specialist grenade thrower as the officer writes that they had held an isolated “bombing” post of great importance. They successfully held the post and managed to advance along the enemy trench and establish another post. Howard was killed when an enemy trench mortar shell burst on the side of the trench. He died instantly.

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