Lieutenant Colonel Owen Glendower Howell-Price

Ranks Held Captain, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Colonel, Second Lieutenant
Birth Date 23 February 1890
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Kiama
Death Date 04 November 1916
Death Place France: Picardie, Somme, Flers
Final Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Service Australian Imperial Force
Units
  • Commanding 3rd Battalion Australian Infantry
  • 3rd Australian Infantry Battalion
Places
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1917-01-01
Published in London Gazette in 1915-10-29
Published in London Gazette in 1916-01-28
Published in London Gazette in 1917-01-04
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-02-24
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-06-29
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1917-06-29
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1916-04-06
Description

Owen Glendower Howell-Price was born 23 February 1890 in Kiama New South Wales to Reverend John and Isabella Virginia (nee Winchcombe) Howell-Price. He was educated at Windsor Grammar School then Kogarah High School. He was working as a farmer and had previously been a lieutenant in the New South Wales cadets when he enlisted in the AIF on 27 August 1914. He was appointed as second lieutenant and assigned to the 3rd Battalion. He along with his unit embarked from Sydney on the HMAT Euripides on the 20 October 1914 as part of the first convoy.
He was with the 3rd Battalion when they landed at Gallipoli on the 25 April 1915. He was rewarded for his part in the action by being made the adjunct of the unit and shortly after on 2 May 1915 promoted to lieutenant. He partook in the attack on Lone Pine at Gallipoli on 7 August 1915 having recently being made a captain on 4 August 1915. For his part in the battle he was Mentioned in Despatches and earned the Military Cross for: “…show[ing] the greatest bravery in leading an attack against the Turkish trenches, frequently rallying his men under heavy fire and restoring order at critical moments...”
In September of 1915 as the previous commander of the 3rd battalion, Lieutenant Colonel David McFie McConaghy, had been sent to hospital in Mudros, Howell-Price was temporally given the rank of Major and the command of the 3rd Battalion. It was during this time that he was wounded in action but remained on duty with his men and stayed on the peninsula until the evacuation of the unit in December 1915.
In May 1916 Howell-Price was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel and given permanent command of the 3rd Battalion on the Western Front. In July and August that year he fought at Pozieres and Mouquet Farm in France, where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and was again Mentioned in Despatches. He was killed in action in 2 November 1916 near Flers, France at the age of 26. His final words reportedly were 'Give my love to the Battalion'.
Owen Glendower Howell-Price is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery in Picardie, France
Two of his brothers were also killed during the First World War: Major Phillip Llewellyn Howell-Price of 1st Battalion died in October 1917 aged 23, and 2nd Lieutenant Richmond Gordon Howell-Price died in May 1917, aged 20.

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Timeline

Date of birth 23 February 1890
Date of enlistment 27 August 1914
Date promoted 27 August 1914 Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant.
Other units 27 August 1914 3 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 20 October 1914
Date promoted 01 February 1915 Promoted to Lieutenant.
Other 25 April 1915 Appointed Adjutant.
Date promoted 04 August 1915 Promoted to Captain.
Date of recommendation honour or award 28 August 1915
Date promoted 05 September 1915 Appointed Temporary Major.
Other 05 September 1915 Temporary Commanding Officer of 3 Battalion.
Date promoted 01 December 1915 Promoted to Major.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916
Date promoted 12 March 1916 Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel.
Date of recommendation honour or award 09 September 1916
Date of recommendation honour or award 06 October 1916
Date of death 04 November 1916 Died of wounds in France.
Date of recommendation honour or award 23 July 1917

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