Born: 1892, Ipswich.

Died: Death officially accepted: 9th April 1918; whilst a Prisoner of War.

Residence: Ipswich.

Employed: Luton Motor Works.

Enlistment Location: London.

Date of Entry Therein: 21st May 1915 – France.


Rank: Private/Pioneer; Service Number: 11541.

Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 7th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 45.

Pozieres Memorial,








1901   17, Ernest Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Howard, 48, a General Labourer, born Ardleigh, Essex.

Emma Howard (nee Rivers), 46, born Wivenhoe, Essex.

Elizabeth Howard, 12, born Ipswich.

Charles Howard, 7, born Ipswich.

Robert Howard, 4, born Ipswich.


1911   11, Valley Terrace, Leiston, Suffolk.


Thomas was 19 years old, a Machine Turner. He was a boarder at the family home of 52 year old, George Herbert Smith, a Boiler Maker’s Fitter.


Soldiers’ Effects to James Howard – father.


Thomas is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Church, Ipswich.

The above are the photographs of the five sons and son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. James Howard, of 35, Albert Street, Ipswich. Their names, regiments, and service are:- (1) Pioneer T. Howard, Duke of Cornwall’s L.I., been out since January 1915. Prior to the war he worked at Luton Motor Works. (2) Pte. C. Howard, Worcester Regiment, been out in France 15 months; prior to the war a fruit hawker. (3) Pte. R. Howard, Suffolks, out in France 12 months; formerly a footman in Herts. (4) Pte. F. Howard, fifteen years in the Marines, missed off H.M.S. Venus. (5) Pte. B. Howard, A.S.C., wounded at the Battle of Mons, died in the Ipswich Isolation Hospital; worked for ten months on the G.E.R. (6) Pte. A.W. Bridges, Suffolks, has been wounded in France, and is now at Felixstowe; worked at Mr. Tebbit’s St. Matthew’s, about fifteen years.

Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, 7th Battalion:


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