The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Howard
First Name:
Edgar Joseph
Nick Name:
Tim
Rank:
Sergeant (Promoted on 7.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX7628
Company:
'A' Company, No. 6 Platoon. Section Commander.
Enlisted:
10.08.1940
DOB:
25.06.1912
Place of Birth:
Armadale, Western Australia
Father's Name:
George Joseph Howard
Mothers's Name:
Beatrice Victoria Howard (nee George)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Ticket Inspector, W.A.G.R.
Memorial:
Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 10, Row F, Grave 2-10 L4, Age 31.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi, Mount Pleasant Camp, River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Camp.
Force:
'H' Force Thailand, H Force Group No. 3
POW#:
3/6204
Cause of Death:
Cholera
Place of Death:
Place of Death Kanu II, Malayan Hamlet
Date of Death:
1.07.1943
Buried:
Buried Grave No. 22 Malayan Hamlet (NCO’s body was not cremated)

General Description

 

Sgt Howard suffered shell shock at Ulu Pandan.

 

A Coy 6 Pln Woodside SA, photo courtesy Tom Limbourn
A Coy. 6 Pln. Woodside SA, photo courtesy Tom Limbourn. Tim crouching.

 

Whilst at Selarang Barracks Tim Howard was selected for ‘H’ Force Group No, 3.  ‘H’ Force suffered one of the highest death rate of any Railway Force.

Read further about ‘H’ Force No. 3 Battalion

Tim tragically contracted cholera and died 1st July 1943 whilst working at Malayan Hamlet.  He was 31 years of age.  His body was not cremated (as most cholera deaths were) and initially was buried at Malay Hamlet.  Today he rests at Kanchanaburi and is one of 91 men from the 2/4th.

 

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Howard E J October 1945

Howard, E

 

Howard

 

‘Tim’ Howard married Elsie Beryl Pickersgill in 1932.  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.

Camp Locations:

  • Mount Pleasant Camp - Singapore
  • River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand
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