William Pinkerton HOWES

HOWES, William Pinkerton

Service Number: 2573
Enlisted: 4 September 1916, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 37th Infantry Battalion
Born: Collingwood, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: Chiltern, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Chiltern State School and Hesley College, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Customs Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 30 August 1918
Cemetery: Hem Farm Military Cemetery, Hem-Monacu. France
Plot 11, Row E, Grave 3. Headstone inscription reads: In memory of the beloved son of Thomas & Florence Howes
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Chiltern War Memorial Gates
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World War 1 Service

4 Sep 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2573, 37th Infantry Battalion, Enlisted at Sydney, NSW
9 Nov 1916: Involvement Private, 2573, 37th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '17' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Benalla embarkation_ship_number: A24 public_note: ''
9 Nov 1916: Embarked Private, 2573, 37th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Benalla, Sydney
30 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 37th Infantry Battalion, In England while studying in a group instructors course
30 Aug 1918: Involvement Corporal, 2573, 37th Infantry Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2573 awm_unit: 37th Australian Infantry Battalion awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1918-08-30

Mates Story

The Federal Standard, Friday, January 10, 1919 p2 c3 Soldiering - Death of Cpl Howes
Mr and Mrs Howes, of Chiltern, have received the following communication from France concerning the death of their son, Corporal William Pinkerton Howes, who was killed in action on the 27th August last. "Just a few lines to express my sympathy for the sad loss of your son, Willie, who was killed on the 27th Aug. I have been a pal of Willie's ever since I came away from Australia. We met first in a signal school in England, where we had many good times together. I was sent to France some months before him for he was made a Corporal and kept on the instructional staff as his ability as signaller was greater than mine. A few months later, to my great joy, he joined up with me in France and was put in charge of the same company signal section that I was in. That pleased him as we were to go into battle together. After that he and I had lots of experiences together, especially in March when the Hun broke through. We had some terrible experiences signalling under shellfire. But 'Billy' was a good soldier and I would follow him anywhere. We always shared the same dugout, and it there was broken telephone wires to mend he and I used always go out together to set matters right. He was worth his weight in gold for the way he used to keep up communications for the company, and a braver soldier never left Australia. He had many friends in the battalion, and we all feel the loss of our comrade. The sad event happened on the 27th August. We left Curlu to take Clery Copse. At about 12 noon Willie was killed. We were advancing over a ridge and the Germans started to shell. A shell burst near Will and he was killed instantly. I was not with him at the time as we were allotted different parties, but I made enquiries of the chaps who saw him killed, and they told me he was killed instantly and bore no pain. The position was near the Corbre-Perrone road. I do not know where he was buried as I had to move on with the advance. I cannot express on paper my sympathy for yourself and family at the sad loss of your son and my comrade. I am a Euroa boy and knew Tommy (deceased's brother) when he was in the bank there. A.J.Johnstone.

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of Thomas Howes and Florence Nightingale Howes nee Pinkerton of Chiltern, Victoria. Brother of Thomas Ecken Howes who returned to Australia on 2 September 1919 having served with the 39th Battalion

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal