Lieutenant John Allan Howard

  • 1893-1918
  • Essex Regiment
  • Died of wounds 9 May 1918, aged 25
  • Buried Bienvillers Military Cemetery, France
  • Born 31 January 1893
  • Father Mr A Howard, 3 The Square, Abingdon
  • Attended Abingdon School 1910 to 1915

From The Abingdonian July 1918

HOWARD – Died of Wounds in France on May 9th, Lieut. J. A. Howard, of the 1st Essex Regt. Jack Howard came to the School in January 1910 His good humour won him many friends. He was well suited for a soldier. His friends had difficulty in preventing him from enlisting when he was only 16 at the start of the war and he took a commission in the Special Reserve before his 17th birthday. After training in England he went out to France. He served with an entrenching battalion then with his own unit of which he became assistant adjutant. He was wounded while leading his men in an advance. Two days before he died he had carried through a piece of patrol work which earned the special commendation of the General commanding his brigade. He will be much missed at the school, where we always looked forward to his visits, when he came home on leave.