The story of the Howell-Price brothers is one of the most remarkable examples of a family at war. Six Howell-Price brothers served during the First World War. They were sons of a Welsh clergyman, who for many years was the vicar of St Silas's Anglican Church in Waterloo, Sydney.
When war broke out in 1914, the brothers ranged in age from David, 33, to down to Richmond, 18. All the brothers except David served overseas with distinction and were highly decorated. Sadly, the three youngest brothers were all killed in action on the Western Front.
David had served in the South African War. During the First World War he remained in Australia as the adjutant of a light horse (militia) regiment.
Sub-Lieutenant (later Lieutenant Commander) John Howell-Price DSO, DSC (1886-1937)
John Howell-Price served with the Royal Naval Reserve from 1915 to 1918 and in the Royal Australian Navy from 1918 to 1921. He survived the sinking of the HMS Alcantara in February 1916 and took part in the submarine attack on Zeebrugge, Belgium, on 23 April 1918 for which he received the Distinguished Service Order. He subsequently served with the Merchant Navy until his death on 13 November 1937 in Liverpool, England.
Major Frederick Phillimore Howell-Price DSO (1888-1978)
Frederick Howell-Price enlisted as a Driver in 6 Company, Australian Army Service Corps, attached to the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. He served at Gallipoli from September to December 1915 and also during the Romani, Beersheba, Jericho Valley and Syrian Operations in 1916 and 1917. During this time he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and twice mentioned in despatches. He returned to Australia in May 1919.
Lieutenant Colonel Owen Glendower Howell-Price DSO, MC (1890-1916)
Owen Glendower Howell-Price was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion, AIF and subsequently served at Gallipoli where he won the Military Cross and was mentioned in despatches for his bravery at Lone Pine. During July and August 1916 he fought at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, France, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and was again mentioned in dispatches. Owen was killed in action near Flers, France on 2 November 1916 . His final words were 'Give my love to the Battalion'.
Lieutenant (later) Major Philip Llewellyn Howell-Price DSO, MC (1894-1917)
Philip Llewellyn Howell-Price was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion AIF and subsequently served at Gallipoli. It was here he was mentioned in despatches for work in the Lone Pine Battles. He also fought at Armentieres, France, June 1916 for which he received the Distinguished Service Order, the Somme in July, Flers in November and at Bullecourt in March 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross and was later to die at Broodseinde, Belgium on 4 October 1917.
Lieutenant Richmond Gordon Howell-Price MC (1896-1917)
Richmond Gordon Howell-Price enlisted in December 1915 and served as a Trooper and Corporal in Light Horse units in the Middle East and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Battalion AIF in December 1916. He was killed in action at Bullecourt, France 4 May 1917 and was posthumously awarded the Military Cross.
- 2nd Lieutenant David C W Howell Price
- Major Frederick Phillimore Howell-Price
- Lieutenant Colonel Owen Glendower Howell-Price
- Major Philip Llewellyn Howell-Price
- Second Lieutenant Richmond Gordon Howell-Price
- Chris Coulthard Clark, The Diggers : makers of the Australian military tradition : lives from the Australian dictionary of biography, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, Victoria, 1993, pp. 189-191
- David Horner, Howell-Price, Owen Glendower (1890–1916), Australian dictionary of biography