Maurice George Howard

May 2, 1892

Born in Plymouth, England to George and Mary Ann Howard


Oct 19, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 46th Durham Regiment


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59484 (temporary number 764)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Ann Howard, mother, Tollox Place, Plymouth, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to No. 16 Platoon,  “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries 

His original attestation paper indicates he volunteered in Newcastle, Ontario


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Mar 27, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


May 29, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Chiswell 59157, who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Wallace 60023, who had been promoted


Sep 20, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt Pauley 59780, who had been promoted


Oct 6, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Draft Battalion


Feb 25, 1917

Proceeded on the Lewis Gun and Bomb Course


Mar 15, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt Richardson 59834, who had transferred to the Forestry Corps


Aug 15, 1917

During the attack on Hill 70, Sergeant Howard was killed during very severe fighting.  When the fighting subsided, he was buried in a nearby field.  When the war ended the Imperial War Graves Commission made an attempt to locate the battlefield graves and move them into organized cemeteries.  Sgt Howard’s body could not be located and he is now honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, George Howard, 36 Tollox Place, Laird, Plymouth, England 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Sergeant Howard is honoured on a scroll in the Newcastle, Ontario Town Hall

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