Frederick Norman Howe

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                                        2nd Lt. Frederick Norman Howe

Born 1888 in Halewood he became a Mercantile Clerk and lived 11 Railway Cottages, Halewood                                        

84th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, died 25th April 1918

Lt F N Howe served with 84th Battery, RFA and was killed in action on 25th April 1918. I have the 84th Battery, R.F.A, War Diary, 1914-1919 and there is an entire Appendix that covers the "Battle of Kemmil Hill, April 25th 1918." It indicates that on that date the battery was in action below the crest about 250 yards south of Mont Rouge Windmill under the orders of the French IX Corps whose infantry the battery was covering. From 0220 hours to 0830 hours on 25 April 1918 the battery fired the preliminary bombardment for the attack on Kemmil Hill. Because of earlier casualties only the Battery Commander (Maj W W Green) and Lieut. Howe were at the battery position at the time. By 1000 hours the battery had suffered 30 casualties and only two guns remaining in action. A 5.9 exploded at the trail of "A" sub. gun, killing all but the No. 1, including Lieut. Howe, who at the time was acting as No. 2 at the gun, and the gun was put out of action. For his bravery at the time of his death Lieut. Howe was later mentioned in despatches. Interestingly the Lieut Howe in this episode is referred to as Lieut. W. Howe, but that is a mistake and it is definitely Lieut. F N Howe, as Lieut W. Howe lived through the war and served for some years afterwards.
The War Diary of the Lahore Division Ammunition Column indicates that Lieut F N Howe joined that unit on 5 May 1917. On 8 July 1917 he was attached to 5th Army with a group of limbered general service wagons. He was posted to 84th Battery, RFA on 13 October 1917 while the battery was in rest billets at Nieurlet, near St Omer. (Info by Dick Flory, Great War Forum)


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