Tuesday 17 November 2009

Lance-Corporal Edward Alexander Howey, MM

Born on 8 July 1898 in Holland Township, Grey County, Ontario - son of Robert and Margaret Howey, Chatsworth, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Chatsworth, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current or previous military service, Baptist or Congregationalist, height of 5 feet 8.5 inches, chest of 38 inches fully expanded, fair complexion, brown eyes, brown hair.

Joined the 147th Battalion, CEF, in Camp Borden, Ontario, on 15 September 1916 (number 839148) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 26 or 27 June 1917 - wounded on 4 February 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 5 February 1918 - killed in action on 24 March 1918 - buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension (grave II.D.13), France.

Awarded the Military Medal - no official citation - unit recommendation dated 6 February 1918: "On night Feb. 3/18 an enemy T.M. shell fell in a trench where this man was a member of a M.G. Crew. Five of the crew were wounded but Pte. Howey, although suffering from concussion, assisted in removing the wounded and then carried on the rest of the night."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register, www.cwgc.org; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))

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