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WWI WAR MEDAL TO RFLM. G.W. HOWLETT, N.Z.E.F. (K.I.A.)

*** RESERVED *** WWI War Medal to 69595 Rflm. G.W. Howlett, N.Z.E.F.
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George William Howlett was born on 11 Sep 1891 in Leicester, the son of William and Hannah Howlett, and worked as a flax worker at Bell's Mill Company at Tokomaru, Palmerston North. Enlisting at Wanganui on 20 Sep 1917, Howlett was posted to 2nd Battalion, D Company, 34th Reinforcements and transferred on 25 Jan 1918 to 35th Reinforcements, 2nd Battalion, 3rd New Zealand Rifle Brigade, reaching Marseilles on the S.S. Tofua on 24 Aug 1918. On 26 Oct 1918, Howlett was reported missing, with 2nd Lieut R.B. Gibbins stating: "I am Act. Adjt. to 2nd Bn., NZRB. Rfm. Howlett belonged to No.9 Paltoon of C Coy. under command of 2nd Lieut. Richards. When it went into action on 26 Oct 1918, 2nd Lieut. Richards was wounded and with the great part of his platoon cut off by the enemy. After the action of 4 Nov 1918, a search of the grounded resulted in the discovery of 8 men of the platoon. No trace was found of Rfm. Howlett 2nd Lieut. Richards and 2 other men have been accounted for as wounded and taken prisoner." Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry held 4 Feb 1919, Bensberg, Germany gives further detail: "Cpl. F.C. Emeny states: "I was the NCO in charge of the Lewis gun section to which Rfm. Howlett belonged. I had been buried by a shell on the night of 25 Oct and so was not sent forward in the attack next day. I was however anxious about the men of my section and made enquiries later and Cpl. S. Cran who went out over the ground subsequently told me he was one of a party that found and buried the body of Rfm. Howlett." 'Finding: Killed In Action'. Howlett is remembered at Grevillers (New Zealand) Memorial.

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