1918-2008: Ninety Years of Remembrance

Soldier Record

Joseph Howard

Contributed by: Joe Howard Jnr, on 2008-11-12

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First Name Joseph
Surname Howard
Year of Birth 1895
Year of Death 1967
Regiment Border Regiment
Place of Wartime Residence Manchester, Lancashire

Joseph's Story

My father was at Ypres, Mons and Salonica having joined up right at the start of the war. At Mons, his unit was ordered to hold a ridge, which they did but at great cost. Those left alive were known as the Mons Heros.

Dad was wounded three times, once given up for dead but, thankfully survived. (or I would not be here to write this).

One of his wounds was schrapnel, a piece so small it remained in his body, moving around his blood stream. On 22nd September 1967 he died of a massive heart attack and at the ortopsy, it was discovered that the small piece of schrapnel had slowly built up into a clot blocking his heart's main artery.

His death was due directly attributable to his wound although it took all those years to complete its task.

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