Sir Neville Reginald HOWSE VC, KCB, KCMG

HOWSE, Neville Reginald

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 15 October 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Surgeon General
Last Unit: Headquarters Staff
Born: Stogursey, England, 26 October 1863
Home Town: Orange, Orange Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Fullard's House School, Taunton, England
Occupation: Medical Practitioner
Died: Illness (cancer), London, England, 19 September 1930, aged 66 years
Cemetery: Kensal Green (All Souls) Cemetery
Memorials: Ellenborough Neville Howse VC Rest Area, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial, Orange Golf Club Great War Honour Board, Orange Holy Trinity Anglican Church Honour Board, Orange Sir Neville Howse Memorial, Orange WW1 Honour Board, Taree VC Memorial
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Major, Australian Medical Team
1 Jan 1900: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Lieutenant, Officer, Army Medical Corps Contingent (NSW)
1 Feb 1902: Involvement Australian and Colonial Military Forces - Boer War Contingents, Major, Army Medical Corps Contingent (NSW)

World War 1 Service

15 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Sydney, New South Wales
22 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Headquarters Staff, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Headquarters Staff, HMAT Orvieto, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Colonel, Headquarters Staff, ANZAC / Gallipoli
1 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Surgeon General

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Biography contributed by Nicholas Egan

Australian Dictionary of Biography - By A. J. Hill

Sir Neville Reginald Howse (1863-1930), surgeon, soldier and politician, was born on 26 October 1863 at Stogursey, Somerset, England, son of Alfred Howse, surgeon, and his wife Lucy Elizabeth, née Conroy. He was educated at Fullard's House School, Taunton, and studied medicine at London Hospital (M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., 1886). Howse was a demonstrator in anatomy at the University of Durham when declining health caused him to migrate to New South Wales. Registered to practise on 11 December 1889 he set up at Newcastle but soon moved to Taree. In 1895 he visited England for postgraduate work in surgery, became F.R.C.S. in 1897, then bought a practice at Orange.

On 17 January 1900 he was commissioned lieutenant in the New South Wales Medical Corps and sailed with the 2nd Contingent for South Africa. While with a mounted infantry brigade in the Orange Free State during the action of Vredefort on 24 July, Howse 'went out under a heavy crossfire and picked up a wounded man and carried him to a place of shelter'. For this action he was awarded the Victoria Cross on 4 June 1901. Howse had been promoted captain in October 1900. Later he was captured by the Boers but released as a non-combatant. After returning to Australia, he went back to South Africa as an honorary major in the Australian Army Medical Corps in February 1902, just as the war ended.

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