Francis Emery (Frank) HOWDEN

HOWDEN, Francis Emery

Service Number: 1880
Enlisted: 20 May 1916, Geelong, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Pioneer Battalion
Born: Southern Cross, Victoria, 4 March 1892
Home Town: Southern Cross, Moyne, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Natural causes, Canterbury, Victoria, 6 May 1973, aged 81 years
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery, Melbourne
Lawn C., No.69 (ref 381664)
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World War 1 Service

20 May 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1880, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Geelong, Victoria
28 Jul 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1880, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Themistocles, Melbourne
28 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1880, 3rd Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
29 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 1880, 3rd Pioneer Battalion

A life after war

While in France, Frank regularly wrote home and letters were published in the local papers, the Koroit Sentinel & Tower Hill Advocate and the Port Fairy Gazette. In one article it was noted he had sent home a 'piece of oak from the famous Cloth Hall at Ypres' and 'a portion of a brass fitting from a German submarine that went ashore of the Belgium coast' (Port Fairy Gazette, April 4 1918).

Francis Emery Howden met and Married Violet Snowie Mathieson in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Snowie has previously been engaged to a soldier who had been killed in action. Frank and Snowie married on 28 April 1919. Frank departed for Australia, with Snowie, on the ship the Demosthenes on 26th October 1919.

Francis Emery Howden continued his service to the country, leading the Koroit branch of the Volunteer Defence Corp (with Angus Anderson) during World War II.

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