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Witney, Oxfordshire
Howard Charles was born in 1879 in Witney, Oxfordshire and was the son of Henry an iron monger and Mary Ann Long née Hollis of Gloucester Cottage, 2 Gloucester Place, Witney. His father Henry was born in 1846 in Cogges, Oxfordshire and his mother Mary Ann Hollis was also born in 1846 in Cogges. They were married at Witney in 1866 and went on to have 10 children, sadly two of whom died in infancy or early childhood. Their surviving children were born in Witney and were :- Ernest Arthur b1867, Margaret Hollis b1870, Florence Minnie b1872, Ada Mary b1874, William Henry b1877, Howard Charles b1879, Ellen Mabel b1884 and Herbert Edwards b1886. In 1903 Howard marries Annie Mary Morley (born 9th July 1877) in Nottingham. In the 1911 census Howards parents are still living in Witney at Gloucester Cottage, 2 Gloucester Place, his father Henry is 66 yrs an iron monger, he is living with his wife Mary Ann and their youngest son Herbert Edward 25 yrs , single and is helping his father in his business as an assistant ironmonger their other children have all left home. In the same census we find that Howard Charles is 32 yrs , is shown as married a joiner by trade is living with his sister Ellen Mable 27 yrs at 69 Hungerhill Road, Nottingham. His wife is not at the home address on the night of the census , she is shown as Annie May Long 33 yrs married and is a patient at Samaritan Hospital on Raleigh Street, Nottingham. At the time of Howards death his wife Annie was living at 8, Corporation Oaks, Nottingham she was awarded a pension of 13 shillings and 6 pence a week rising to 26 shillings and 9 pence a week on 22nd August 1918.
He was a joiner/builder.
12 Mar 1916
80083 - CWGC Website
89th Field Coy Royal Engineers
Sergeant Howard Charles Long, enlisted in Nottingham and served with the 89th Field Company Royal Engineers. He landed in France on 22nd May 1915 and was killed in an accident on 12th March 1916 when a howitzer emplacement subsided and is buried in Dainville Communal Cemetery. His pension record card states he was killed accidentally by the subsidence of a howitzer emplacement whilst on active service.
Howards younger brother Herbert Edward served during the Great War in the 1/4th battalion Oxfordshire and Buckingham Light Infantry, he was killed in action on 23rd July 1916, he has no known grave, his name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme. Obituary published in the 'Nottingham Evening Post,' 12th March 1917. “LONG. – In affectionate remembrance of Sergeant Howard Long, R.E., beloved husband of Annie Long, 8, Corporation Oaks.” Obituary published in the 'Nottingham Evening Post,' 12th March 1918 :- “LONG. – In memory of Sergt. Howard Charles Long, beloved husband of Annie Long, 8, Corporation Oaks, killed in action March 12th, 1916.” Above obituaries courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages, Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918.
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