Edgar Joseph Howard

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Edgar Joseph Howard
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 25 June 1912
Place of Birth Armadale, Western Australia
Death 1 July 1943
Place of Death Kanu II Malayan Hamlet
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 1 month
Occupation WAGR Ticket Inspector
Religion Church of England
Address 179 Spences street, South Bunbury
Next of Kin Wife , Elsie Beryl Howard
Military Information
Reg Number WX7628
Date of Enlistment 10 August 1940
Rank Sergeant
Unit/Formation 6 Platoon, A Company, 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion
Date of Embarkation 16 January 1942 ‒ 30 January 1942
Ship Embarked On HMT Aquitania Fremantle to Singapore
Fate POW
Died from Cholera
Monument Bunbury
WA State War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
The Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial Ballarat, Victoria
Medals Australian Service Medal 1939-45
Pacific Star
War Medal 1939-45
Australian Service Medal 1939-45

Pre War

‘Tim’ Howard married Elsie Beryl Pickersgill in 1932 in the Wellington district. They had two children. The youngest, son Peter John Howard born in 1939 tragically died in 1944 aged 5 years. Peter’s father unknown to the family had already died of cholera in Thailand. Elsie remarried in 1950 however was again widowed in 1972. She died at Bunbury in 1992 aged 79 years.

War Service

Entered Claremont camp on 10 Aug 1940, and six days later was sent to the Melville Training Depot. Transferred to Northam's No 3 Depot Battalion on 2 Sep 1940 where he was promoted on 1 Oct 1940 to Lance Corporal, and on 2 Nov 1940 to Acting Corporal. On 4 Dec 1940 he was transferred to the 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion. Granted 7 day's pre-embarkation leave from 1 Jul 1941, and on 21 Jul 1941 the unit boarded the HMT Duntroon in Fremantle and relocated to Southern Command in South Australia arriving there on 25 Jul 1941. There, on 7 Aug 1941 he was appointed Acting Lance Sergeant in 6 Platoon, 'A' Company. On 1 Oct 1941 the unit entrained for Darwin which was reached on 20 Oct 1941. Promoted to Acting Sergeant on 31 Oct 1941.

Embarked on the HMT Aquitania for overseas on 30 Dec 1941, disembarking at Singapore on 24 Jan 1942. On 29 Jan 1942 his rank of Sergeant was confirmed before he was hospitalised in the 2/13th Australian General Hospital from 12 - 20 Feb 1942 having suffered shell shock at Ulu Pandan. On 15 Feb 1942 he and the hospital were captured by the Japanese, with Australian sources posting him as Missing in Action on 16 Feb 1942.

During captivity he had been held at Selarang Camp Changi; Mount Pleasant Camp; River Valley Road Camp; and Selang Barracks Changi. On 31 Mar 1942 with POW No. 3/6204 he entered the 2/13th Australian General Hospital with dysentery and was not released until 5 Apr 1942. Readmitted from 26 Feb 1943 until 24 Apr 1943, this time with neuritis, he was on 8 May 1943 entrained for Thailand as part of "H" Force, No. 3 Battalion. Edgar died on 1 Jul 1943, aged 31 from Cholera on 1 Jul 1943 in Kanu II, Malaysian Hamlet, but this was not confirmed until 3 Oct 1945.

  • Kanchanaburi War Cemetery
  • Entrance
  • His remains were exhumed from Kangas No. 2 Cemetery on 29 Apr 1946 and reburied in the Kanchanaburi War Cemetery Thailand - Collective grave 10. F. 2-10. L. 4. (just south of the Bridge on the River Kwai).

  • Edgar Howard's grave site
  • Grave marker


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