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Regimental number1039
Place of birthSydney New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWentworthville, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMrs Lena Howell, Wentworthville, New South Wales
Enlistment date22 March 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name20th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/37/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport Berrima on 25 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCompany Sergeant Major
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Pioneer Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work near Amiens on 8 August 1918.
Recommendation date: 27 August 1918

FateEffective abroad (still overseas)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For marked gallantry and able leadership. On 5 October, 1918, his platoon was advancing through Montbrehain, and, his platoon officer being a casualty, he organized an attack on a strong post, and led a small flanking party, which rushed the post, killed many of the garrison, and captured eight machine guns, a howitzer, and crew.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 35
Date: 15 April 1920

Military Medal

'For conspicuous bravery, coolness and devotion to duty on the morning of 8th August 1918 during operations East of Amiens. He reconnoitred four roads under shell and machine gun fire and though wounded remained with his platoon and supervised repairs to a road that was urgently needed by the artillery. In the Rue Bulet, Corbie, on the night of 7th August 1918 the road near the billets was shelled and casualties occurred among transport and artillery limbers. Sergeant Howell showed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in extricating wounded from among the horses and supervising the clearing of the road, being under shell fire the whole time. He saw that all the wounded were got away and assisted in carrying the last one himself. His courage was remarkable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 109
Date: 15 September 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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