Private John William Howarth

Service number 3827
Birth Date 1899
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Queenscliff
Death Date 1916-07-26
Death Place France
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 19th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John William Howarth (3827, 19th Battalion) was born in Queenscliff, Victoria, in 1899. He was working as a labourer when he enlisted in October 1915. John was killed in action on 26 July 1916 during the battle of Pozieres, aged 17 year 2 months. He is buried in the Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, France. John's father, Private John Howarth (142, 4th Battalion) was killed in action at Gallipoli on 5 May 1915. John's brother, Private Rupert Howarth (7744, 34th Battalion) served with the Royal Australian Navy before volunteering for the AIF. Another brother also enlisted, Gunner Harold Howarth (3605, 7th Australian Field Artillery Brigade). John also had three uncles (his father's brothers) also serving on Gallipoli, Private Horace Maitland Howarth (238, 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment), Corporal Harold Howarth (13, 1st Australian Light Horse Regiment) and Private Cyril Reginald Howarth (485, 1st Battalion).



Date of birth 1899
Date of enlistment 09 October 1915
Date of embarkation 20 January 1916
Date of death 26 July 1916
Date of fate 26 July 1916