Howe, John Albert Photo
Rank Private
Service # 880775
Unit # 186th Battalion, 18th Canadian Battalion
Resident Chatham
Books Of Rememberance Page Available

Married to May they resided at 143 Raleigh St., Chatham, ON. A carpenter by trade. Attestation 15 May, 1916 at Chatham, 186th Battalion, CEF. Age at enlistment 36 yrs. 4 mos.

Articles on, or reference to  Pte. Howe can be found in Chatham Daily Planet 12 Feb, 1918, 20 & 23 Jan. 1919. He is also listed in the Park St. United Church.

Private John Albert Howe left Halifax March 26th, 1917 on the S.S. Lapland, arriving in England April 7th, with the 186th Battalion.

After training at Bramshott  he proceeded to France September 6th, 1917, drafted to the 18th Canadian Battalion, with which unit he served with until January 23rd, 1918 when he received shrapnel in the left arm, and was buried in a shell hole, causing concussion of the back. He was admitted to No.18 Canadian Clearing Station, was moved to No.13 American Hospital, Boulonge, January 26th; to No.4 Canadian General Hospital, London, February 2nd; to Bromley Convalescent Hospital, thence to Buxton Red Cross Hospital, March 25th. He went on furlough May 23rd; reported at Bramshott C.C.D. June 3rd; spent six weeks at Witley with the W.O.R.D.; was given light carpenter work at No. 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke; returned to Witley Camp December 3rd, and left for Rhyl, North Wales December 17th. Private Howe sailed on the Olympic January 11th, 1919, arriving at Halifax January 17th.

Private John Albert Howe received his discharge February 11th, 1919, being unfit for further military service, and due to demobilization.

—- very unclear which dates belong to which events.


Sources IODE, Park Street Methodist Church, Books of Remembrance for the Great War 1914 - 18. At St. Andrews UC, Chatham - January 2010 (11-02-1919), Park Street Methodist Church, Books of Remembrance for the Great War 1914 - 18. At St. Andrews UC, Chatham - January 2010, Chatham Daily Planet (12-02-1918), Chatham Daily Planet (20-01-1919), Chatham Daily Planet (23-01-1919), Discharged (11-02-1919), Date Deceased (24-04-1945), RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4551 – 33
Height 5'3 1/2"
Eye Colour Blue
Age 36
Complexion Fair
Hair Brown and Grey
Race White
Birthplace 06/01/1880 in Kent Co., ON.
Religion Methodist
Last Place of Employment Drayman for C.P.R., Chatham, Ont
Average Earnings $ 75.00 per month
Marital Status Married
Marriage Info March 26th, 1913, Chatham, Ontario
When Enlisted May 15th, 1916
Where Enlisted Chatham, Ontario
Allowance from Patriotic Fund $ 16.00 per month
Next of Kin Wife- Mrs. Rosetta Howe, Chatham. Sons- Gordon Howe and Donald Howe.

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