HOW, Harold

No. 5824848, Bandsman, Harold Botha HOW [MiD]
Aged 24

1st Battalion, Suffolk Regiment
Died of his Wounds on Saturday, 1st June 1940

Harold How was born in Freckenham (Mildenhall Q3-1915 4A:1649), son of Ernest William and Annie Ellen HOW (née WELHAM).
He had an elder sister Elizabeth Agnes[1905] and two elder brothers, Cyril Ernest [1908] and Edgar George [1909].

His father, a miller/dealer, was born in Freckenham, mother was born in St George East, London. He attended Soham Grammar School from 1926 to 1928

In the 1939 register his mother Annie E [20-9-1882](recorded as married) was at "Bedford", Centre Drive", Newmarket with his brother Edgar [9-9-1909] a lorry driver. There is one closed record.

He died of his wounds on the way back from Dunkirk and was returned to Freckenham for burial. His death was registered in Eastbourne, Sussex Q2-1940 2B:243.
MID is inscribed on his private headstone so it appears he was mentioned in despatches.
Relatives relate that he was a keen sportsman and especially good at rowing. He enlisted in the Suffolks at 16 years old. (the rules for age are somewhat different for apprentices and bandsmen).

The Bury Free Press of 15th June 1940 reported:-
SOLDIER'S DEATH FROM WOUNDS - Freckenham Bandsman with the Suffolks

With regret the parishioners of Freckenham heard of the death of Bandsman Harold How, of the Suffolk Regt., son of Mr. and Mrs. E.How, Centre Drive, Newmarket, and formerly of Freckenham, who was wounded in action and was admitted into St Mary Hospital, Eastbourne where he passed away.....

Harold How is buried in Freckenham St Andrew's Churchyard

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