Oliver Herbert HOWARD


HOWARD, Oliver Herbert

Service Number: 2634
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 47th Infantry Battalion
Born: Brompton, South Australia, 10 February 1898
Home Town: Brompton, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Ticket Nipper, S.A.R.
Died: Killed in action, Belgium, 12 October 1917, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide South Australian Railways WW1 & WW2 Honour Boards, Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

25 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2634, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres
25 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2634, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Shropshire, Adelaide
12 Oct 1917: Involvement Private, SN 2634, 47th Infantry Battalion, Third Ypres


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Saturday 28 February 1914
Eleven senior cadets were charged at the Adelaide Police Court on Friday with having failed to attend compulsory parades during February. Lieutenant H. K. Rowell appeared to prosecute. The defendants were:—John E. Nicholson, Edward James Nicholson, William Delaney, Ernest G. Webb, Frederick S. Sheffield, Thomas Shelly, Frederick Patrick Thulborn, Sidney John Maulthouse, Albert F. Zimmermann, Lawrence Baldock, and Oliver Herbert Howard. Fines were inflicted in every case but one, in default detention at Fort Largs. Howard was ordered to pay the costs only. He said he did not drill because he was attending the funeral of his sister. He was re- minded that he should have notified the officer of the fact.
The S.M. noticed that some of the cadets were inclined to be disorderly. He asked Lieutenant Rowell what was done with the boys at the fort, and the reply was that they were drilled for six hours daily and were then allowed to go swimming, or otherwise amuse themselves.
The S.M.—Do you teach them manners?
Lieutenant Rowell—I don't think some of them will ever learn manners.

The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Saturday 7 March 1914
From "Liberty":— I have been waiting for a more able pen than mine to take notice of the case of Oliver Herbert Howard (mentioned in last Saturday's paper), who was brought before the Military Court for non-attendance at drill, his reason for not doing so being that he was attending his sister's funeral. He was not fined, but had to pay 15/ costs and suffer the disgrace of being had up before the Court, which, in the circumstances, was a cruel and unfeeling thing to do. What are we coming to in this country, which used to be free, when a lad cannot attend to one of the most sacred duties of family life without being practically fined for doing so? Fifteen shillings may not seem much to his judges, but to a cadet it is a great deal.

The Register (Adelaide, SA: 1901 - 1929) Tuesday 10 March 1914
With reference to a letter by "Liberty" in The Register of March 7 relatively to the case of Cadet Oliver Herbert Howard, the Acting Commandant stated that before the letter appeared he had learned the full facts of the case from the area officer, who informed him that the boy was a confirmed drillshirker. "He had not been on parade for over three months. Before proceeding against a trainee for non-attendance a specific parade must be stated on the summons sheet. The parade chosen by the area officer in this instance coincided with the day of Howard's sister's funeral. The area officer did not know this until it was too late to withdraw the summons. He asked the Magistrate to deal leniently with Howard in consequence, and the same time pointing out that the lad was a very bad attender, and was having a bad influence on those who did attend drill. The Magistrate, as he always does, hears both sides patiently; and his award of costs against Howard should be accepted as a fair judgment on the case. Outsiders like "Liberty" should remember they are not in a position to judge, as they have not heard both sides of the case. If "Liberty" and individuals of that ilk would communicate with this office before rushing into print they would receive a courteous reply, and be provided with fuller particulars. We are endeavouring to administer the Act firmly and wisely." The Commandant added that Howard would have been excused from the parade in question "if he had taken the trouble to apply for leave of absence. Dozens of trainees are granted leave from drill every Saturday on much less reasonable grounds than attending a sister's funeral."

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Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Friday 9 November 1917


"Faithful Unto Death."



Private OLIVER HERBERT HOWARD, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Howard, of Coglin street, Brompton Park, of the 17th Battalion (late 32nd), was killed in action October 12.


The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA: 1889 - 1931) Saturday 10 November 1917


"Faithful Unto Death."



Private O. H. HOWARD, who was killed in action on October 12, was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. William Howard, of Coglin-street, Brompton. He enlisted in January, 1916, and left for the front in the following March. He was employed in the Railway Department, where he was very popular. He received his education at the Brompton Public School.


Chronicle (Adelaide, SA: 1895 - 1954) Saturday 16 October 1920


HOWARD. — In loving memory of my dear son, Private O. H. Howard, killed in action October 12, 1917. R.I.P.

To-day as we glance on your photo,

You who were so kind and true,

Do you know how our hearts are aching

And longing, dear son, for you?

How constantly we think of you,

With eyes and hearts that fill;

The love we had for you in life

In death seems stronger still.

— Inserted by his father, mother, and auntie Sis.

HOWARD.— In loving memory of my dear brother, Oliver Herbert, killed in France, Octo ber 12, 1917. R.I.P.  

In my heart your memory lingers,

But we know it's vain to weep;

Tears of love can never wake you

From your peaceful, happy sleep.

— Inserted by his loving (brother and sister-in- law, Willie and Nellie.

HOWARD. — In loving memory of our dear brother Private O. H. Howard killed in action, October 12, 1917. R.I.P.

Far away from the land of his childhood,

Far over the ocean so deep;  

That is where our brave soldier brother

 Is taking his last long sleep.

—Inserted by his loving sister Sis, and brother in-law, Will, and nieces and nephews.

HOWARD.— In loving memory of our dear brother, Private O. H. Howard, killed in action October 12, 1917. R.I.P.

You are not forgotten brother dear,

For true love never dies;

One dearest spot on earth to us

Is where dear Oliver lies.

—Inserted by his loving sister and brother-in-law, Lili and Archie.