John William Howell

Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Personal Details

Born: 18 February 1899 in Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Family: He was the fifth of six children born to George Howell, a house painter, and his wife Sarah. He married Ethel Campbell on 27 September 1926 in St. Paul’s Church, Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales; no children can be confirmed for the marriage.

Residence: In 1901 he lived at 32 Yardington Street, Whitchurch; by 1911 he had moved to 14 Park Road, Colwyn Bay, Caernarvonshire, Wales where he was still living in 1915. By 1939 he had moved to 40 Denny Villa, Min-Y-Don Avenue, Colwyn Bay.

Employment: In 1915 he was a milk boy; in 1926 he was a motor mechanic and in 1939 a garage foreman.

Died: In 1978 in Rhuddlan, Flintshire.

Military Details

Regiment: Royal Welsh Fusiliers

Rank: Private

Service Number: 28471

Date of Enlistment: 9 March 1915

Date of Discharge: 14 December 1915

Reason for Discharge: Unlikely to become an efficient soldier

Other Information: It appears John lied about his age when enlisting. He stated he was 19 whereas he was only 16. His father also enlisted in 1915.

Medals and Awards

Not known


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