The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Edgar Joseph
- Nick Name:
- Sergeant (Promoted on 7.2.1942)
- Regimental #:
- 'A' Company, No. 6 Platoon. Section Commander.
- Place of Birth:
- Armadale, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- George Joseph Howard
- Mothers's Name:
- Beatrice Victoria Howard (nee George)
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Ticket Inspector, W.A.G.R.
- Kanchanaburi War Cemetery, Collective Grave, Plot 10, Row F, Grave 2-10 L4, Age 31.
- Selarang Camp Changi, Mount Pleasant Camp, River Valley Road Camp, Selarang Barracks Camp.
- 'H' Force Thailand, H Force Group No. 3
- Cause of Death:
- Place of Death:
- Place of Death Kanu II, Malayan Hamlet
- Date of Death:
- Buried Grave No. 22 Malayan Hamlet (NCO’s body was not cremated)
Sgt Howard suffered shell shock at Ulu Pandan.
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.
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.
‘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.
- Mount Pleasant Camp - Singapore
- River Valley Road Camp - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Kanu II, 152.30k - Thailand