Friends of Hastings Cemetery
ED H26 Herbert Edgar Howell.
He is commemorated on the family grave of John Howell Junior. He was the second son of John and Lilla Howell and became a 2nd Lieutenant in the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment. He was killed in action near Fromelles on 9th May 1915 at the 25.
He was born in Hastings in 1890. In the 1901 census his father was still alive and listed as a solicitor, the family lived in Rothesay, Clyde Road.
In 1911 Herbert lived in Herne Hill, London with his widowed mother and three brothers and a sister. He was a clerk in a flour merchant’s. All the children bar the youngest worked, even his sister (as a saleswoman in a costumier’s) so perhaps times were not easy, despite his father’s and grandfather’s fame as builders of grand buildings.
He joined the Territorial Army on 5 November 1912, when living at 120, Palace Road, Tulse Hill. He was Private 1109, 28th (County of London) Battalion, The London Regiment, (Artists Rifles). He was embodied (i.e. became a full-
9 May 1915
He left no will and Letters of Administration were granted to his mother, Mrs Lilla Howell. She received a pension of £24 per annum as a dependent of a deceased officer.