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Albert Edward Howitt was born in 1898 at Syerston and was the son of Charlotte Howitt néé Burden and the late William Howitt a farm foreman of Field House, Boundary Lane, Newark. His father William was born in 1856 at Allington, Lincolnshire and died in 1905 at Syerston aged 49 yrs, his mother Charlotte Burden was born in 1856 at Hawton, they were married on 18th May 1876 at St Pauls Church, Hawton, they went on to have the following children, Mary b1877 Newark, Emily b1879 Long Bennington, Francis b1881 Syerston, Lavina b1884 Syerston, Ellen b1886 Syerston, Elizabeth Ann b1886 Syerston, Lottie b1890 Syerston, George William b1891 Syerston, Lily Sabina b1893 Syerston, Harry b1897 Syerston and Albert Edward b1898 Syerston. In the 1911 census the family are living at 3 William Street, Newark and are shown as Charlotte 55 yrs a widow, she is living with her children, Lottie 21 yrs a dress maker, George William 20 yrs a plaster pit labourer, Lily Sabina 18 yrs a dress maker, Harry 14 yrs a butchers assistant, Albert Edward 13 yrs a scholar.
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Corporal Albert Edward Howitt enlisted at Newark in 1914 and served with the King's Royal Rifle Corps. He went to France in January 1916 and he was posted missing on 10th July 1917 and was later reported as prisoner of war. He survived the war.
His brother Private George William Howitt enlisted in September 1914 at Newark, he served with the 11th battalion Sherwood Foresters Regiment. He landed in France on 27th August 1915 and took part in the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1st July 1916 where he was reported missing and later presumed died on the same date. Having no known grave his name is commemorated on Pier and Face 10C 10D and 11A, Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Article published 5th September 1917 in the Newark Advertiser :- Howitt A. Cpl King’s Royal Rifle Corps. Posted missing 10th July, now reported as POW. Youngest son of Mrs H. Howitt of Field House, Bowbridge Road and late William Howitt of Syerston. Age 20, attended Wesleyan School. Worked for Councillor Selby for four years, later a number taker on the Midland Railway. Enlisted Dec. 1914, when only seventeen-and-a-half years old. Went out to France in Jan. 1916. Received gunshot wound to leg in July. Eldest brother Pte. George Howitt, killed July 1916. Other brother, Sgt. H. Howitt (Leics.) has been slightly wounded in the left eye by a grenade. (Includes photo.).
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