Private John Thomas Howe



John Thomas Howe was born on 28 August 1896 at Tattenamona, Maguiresbridge, County Fermanagh, the fourth of six children of farmer John Henry Howe and his wife Margaret Anne (nee Beatty). By 1911 he was living with his parents and siblings at Clamper Hill, Maguiresbridge, his father working as a hotel keeper.

Howe enlisted in the North Irish Horse between 14 and 30 January 1914 (No.891). He embarked for France with C Squadron on 20 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

In June 1916 C Squadron joined F Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment, serving as corps cavalry to X Corps until August 1917. The following month saw the regiment dismounted and most of its officers and men transferred to the 9th (Service) Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers – re-named the 9th (North Irish Horse) Battalion. Howe, like most of the men, was transferred on 20 September. He was issued a new number – 41300.

Howe probably saw action with the battalion at the Battle of Cambrai in November and December 1917.

On 17 January 1918 the 9th (NIH) Battalion moved to Grand Seraucourt, on the St Quentin front. On 6 March the War Office daily casualty list reported that Howe had been wounded. It is not presently known when this occurred.

Howe was evacuated to England for treatment. On 7 March 1919 he was discharged as no longer fit for service due to his wounds (paragraph 392(xvi) King's Regulations).

After the war Howe resumed farming. He died at Maguiresbridge on 17 April 1968.



Image, from Belfast Evening Telegraph, from March 1915, kindly provided by Nigel Henderson, Researcher at History Hub Ulster (