HOWE, Thomas John
(Service number 28884)
|First Rank||Lance Corporal||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||20 September 1896||Place of Birth||Oamaru|
|Address at Enlistment||16 Princess Street, Timaru|
|Previous Military Experience||8th S C Mounted rifles - still serving|
|Next of Kin||John HOWE (father), 16 Princess Street, Timaru; later 32 Catherine Street, Timaru|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||18th Reinforcements, J Company|
|Date||11 October 1916|
|Embarked From||Destination||Plymouth, Devon, England|
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|Last Unit Served With||Canterbury Regiment|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
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Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||7 October 1970||Age||74 years|
|Place of Death||Dunedin|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin|
|Memorial Reference||Block SF 17, Plot 10|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Thomas John Howe, born on 20 September 1896 at Oamaru, was the eldest of the six children of John and Margaret Amelia (née Cooper) Howe. When he enlisted he was living with the family at Timaru. Lance Corporal T. J. Howe embarked for Plymouth, England, on 11 October 1916 with the 18th Reinforcements per the “Tofuai”.
Private Thos. J. Howe of Timaru returned to New Zealand by the “Somerset” which was due at Lyttelton about 12 August 1919. In 1921 Thomas John Howe married Annie Pearce, who was to die in 1926 at Timaru where she was buried.Two of Annie’s brothers served in World War One – David and Arthur Walter. His father died in 1927 at Dunedin, to where the family had moved. The following year Thomas married Elspeth Alice Spiers. His mother remarried in 1932 to Oliver John Keenan. Thomas John Howe died on 7 October 1970 at Dunedin and was buried in the servicemn’s section of Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin, Elspeth’s ashes were interred with him in 1999. Thomas John Howe was a nephew of Alfred, Charles and George Howe who all served in World War One, Alfred being killed in action in 1918.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [20 May 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [20 & 21 May 2021]; Andersons Bay Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Dunedin City Council) [20 May 2021]; NZ electoral Rolls (ancestry.com.au) [21 May 2021]; Timaru Herald, 30 July 1919, 9 & 10 December 1926, 4 May 1927, Otago Daily Times, 3 May 1927 (Papers Past) [26 April 2021; 21 May 2021]
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