Friday 10 February 2012

Lieutenant Edward Howe

Born on 30 May 1894 in Cromarty, Ontario - next of kin listed as Mrs. Alice Howe, Cromarty, Ontario - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: trade as telegraph operator, single, no current or previous military service, Presbyterian, height of 5 feet 8.25 inches, chest of 36 inches fully expanded, medium complexion, grey eyes, dark brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 10 January 1916 (number 189851) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 August 1916 - wounded on 9 or 10 April 1917 - invalided to England on 14 April 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 14 October 1917 - sent to England for the Officers' Training Course on 12 January 1918 - transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion, CEF, as a Lieutenant on 28 April 1918 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 21 June 1918 - wounded on 3 September 1918 - invalided to England on 21 September 1918.

Recommended for an unnamed decoration, likely a Military Medal, but no award - unit recommendation dated 1 March 1917: "For conspicuous work during the raid carried out by this Battn on the enemy trenches Feb 22/17."

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for this image of Lieut. Howe).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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; 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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