James Agnew Howard

Rank: 
Private
Regimental number: 
172416
Unit at enlistment: 
83rd Battalion
Force: 
C.E.F.
Volunteered or conscripted: 
Volunteered
Survived the war: 
Yes
Wounded: 
Yes
Commemorated at: 
Zion Presbyterian Church
Birth country: 
Canada
Birth county: 
Brant
Birth city: 
Brantford, Ontario
Address at enlistment: 
82 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario
Next of kin address: 
82 Charlotte Street, Brantford, Ontario
Trade or calling: 
Clerk
Employer: 
Bank of British North America
Religious denominations: 
Presbyterian
Marital status: 
Single
Age at enlistment: 
18

Letters and documents

October 12, 1916

Reported Wounded

Word has been received here that James Agnew Howard, son of Lieut.-Col. F.A. Howard, who is now at Camp Borden, has been wounded. He was transferred to the third battalion, Queen’s Own Rifles, and is now in a private hospital in France. Major Percy Jones of the 4th Battalion is endeavoring to have him transferred to the “Mad Fourth” signaling corps.

BX November 17, 1916

A Late Report

Lieut.-Col. F.A. Howard this morning received an official notification that his son, Pte. James Agnew Howard, who had been reported wounded on September 23, had rejoined his regiment which was the 83rd Toronto Regiment. He went overseas with the Queen’s Own Rifles, and six days after being drafted to France, took part in the Somme fight.

BX August 23, 1917

Wounded for the third time was the word received here today in regard to Private James Agnew Howard, son of Lieut.-Col. F.A. Howard. However the more cheerful news that he had returned to duty was also carried in the same message. He was wounded on July 30. Pte. Howard went overseas with the 83rd Queen’s Own Rifles. He was wounded at the Somme in September, 1916, and then at Vimy Ridge and it is thought that his third wound was received during the battle of Lens. Before enlisting he was on the staff of the local branch of the B.N.A.

BX September 20, 1918

A telegram was received today from the director of records, Ottawa, by Lieut.-Col. Howard that his son, Private James Agnew Howard, had been wounded in action on Sept. 8, and has mended and has returned. This is the fifth time this doughty Brantford boy has been wounded in action. Following each injury he has been mended and has returned to France. He left Brantford in 1915 and arrived at Sandling where he left with a 36th Battalion draft for the front. He was first wounded Sept. 23, 1916, at the Somme, and since then went through the battles of Arras, Hill 70, and the battle around Lens. Lieut.-Col. Howard received a short letter from his son this week stating that he had been touring France and was very tired but well. In the telegram received from Ottawa, it was stated that he belonged to the services and the belief is held that he was a member of a tank unit or belonged to some armored car section when he received his last wound. The record of Pte. Howard is indeed one to be proud of, as five wounded stripes on the arm are not to be seen every day, even in London, filled with Khaki clad men.