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William HOWITT

Male 1896 - 1918  (22 years)


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Military Service

Service details and memorial record

Service No: 40487 6 Bn Northamptonshire Regiment
Died in First World War, No known grave, commemorated in Pozieres, France at the memorial, panel no's 54-56
See battalion diary

In Memory of


6th Bn., Northamptonshire Regiment
who died on
Thursday, 25th April 1918. Age 23.
Additional Information: Son of John William and Mary Howitt, of Castle Bytham, Grantham, Lincs.

Commemorative Information
Memorial: POZIERES MEMORIAL, Somme, France
Grave Reference/
Panel Number: Panel 54 to 56
Location: Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
Historical Information: The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and to the succeeding period of four months during which there was built up, behind the new front, of the army, which on the 8 August 1918 began the Advance to Victory. The Memorial commemorates over 14,000 casualties of the United Kingdom and 300 of the South African Forces who have no known grave and who fell in France during the Fifth Army area retreat on the Somme from 21 March to 7 August 1918. The Corps and Regiments most largely represented are The Rifle Brigade with over 600 names, The Durham Light Infantry with approximately 600 names, the Machine Gun Corps with over 500, The Manchester Regiment with approximately 500 and The Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery with over 400 names.

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