Biography

Birth date: 19 November 1893
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Enfield
Death date: 24 December 1964
Death place: Australia: Western Australia, Perth, Hollywood
Final rank: Corporal
Service number: 2445 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion

Sydney-born George "Snowy" Howell (1893-1964) served briefly on Gallipoli before being sent to France, where he was wounded at Pozières in July 1916. In April 1917 he won the Military Medal for his bravery leading a bombing section in an attack.

The outstanding feat for which he received the Victoria Cross took place at Bullecourt, where he single-handedly fought off an enemy counter-attack with bombs, rifle, and bayonet before he was severely wounded.

During the Second World War Howell served again in the army before transferring to the United States Sea Transport Service and participating in the invasion of the Philippines. After the war he returned to Sydney but later moved to Western Australia.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 14 July 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Military Medal
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Military Medal
  • Unit: 1st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1893-11-19 Enfield, NSW.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1915-06-09 Posted as a reinforcement to 1 Battalion.
Date of embarkation 1915-07-14
Date wounded 1916-07 Wounded at Pozieres.
Date promoted 1917-02-06 Appointed Corporal.
Date of honour or award 1917-04 Awarded Military Medal for courage and devotion to duty while leading a rifle bombing section during the battalion's capture of the village of Dernicourt.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-04-16
Date of honour or award 1917-05-06 Awarded Victoria Cross for action at Bullecourt, France whilst serving with 1 Battalion, 1 Brigade, 1 Division as a Corporal
Date wounded 1917-05-06
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-05-14
Date of discharge 1918-06-05
Other 1944-08 Joined the United States Sea Transport Service.
Date of death 1964-12-24