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  • Frederick Howard was born on 17 December 1899 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.  He was one of thirteen children of Mathew Edward Howard (a painter) and Sarah Jane Gibson.  His siblings included Beatrice, John Edward, Ann, Dora, Ada, Clifford, Elsie, Edith, Harriet Ann, Donald, Leonard and Ethel.

    Matthew Howard immigrated to Canada in June of 1914 followed by Sarah and children Fred, Elsie, Edith, Donald, Leonard, and Ethel in November of 1916. They settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It was from there that Fred enlisted with the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve in early 1917.  At the time he was five feet six inches tall with dark brown hair and grey eyes.  He listed his occupation as fireman, probably with the CPR.

    Fred went to Halifax and served on the home depot ship “Niobe” and then the “Seagull”, a patrol ship based in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  He achieved the rank of Stoker and was demobilized on 11 March 1919.

    Fred’s parents had moved to Kenora while he was away, so it was to this Northwestern Ontario town that Fred returned. He got employment in the CPR shops as a stationary engineer.  Sadly, Fred passed away from pneumonia on 04 March 1925.  He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Fred’s brother, Clifford also served in WW1.

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    Fred's grave marker in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

    Fred’s grave marker in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

  • Regimental Number:
  • VR-4071
  • Service Record:
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Navy
  • Branch:
  • Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
  • Battalion:
  • Niobe, Seagull
  • Place of Birth:
  • Hull, Yorkshire
  • Country:
  • England
  • Next of Kin:
  • mother, Sarah Jane Howard of Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 17, 1899
  • Trade or Calling:
  • fireman for CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • April 14, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 19
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • March 4, 1925
  • Age at Death:
  • 25
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 31E-35-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Frederick Howard was born on 17 December 1899 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.  He was one of thirteen children of Mathew Edward Howard (a painter) and Sarah Jane Gibson.  His siblings included Beatrice, John Edward, Ann, Dora, Ada, Clifford, Elsie, Edith, Harriet Ann, Donald, Leonard and Ethel.

    Matthew Howard immigrated to Canada in June of 1914 followed by Sarah and children Fred, Elsie, Edith, Donald, Leonard, and Ethel in November of 1916. They settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  It was from there that Fred enlisted with the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve in early 1917.  At the time he was five feet six inches tall with dark brown hair and grey eyes.  He listed his occupation as fireman, probably with the CPR.

    Fred went to Halifax and served on the home depot ship “Niobe” and then the “Seagull”, a patrol ship based in Sydney, Nova Scotia.  He achieved the rank of Stoker and was demobilized on 11 March 1919.

    Fred’s parents had moved to Kenora while he was away, so it was to this Northwestern Ontario town that Fred returned. He got employment in the CPR shops as a stationary engineer.  Sadly, Fred passed away from pneumonia on 04 March 1925.  He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Fred’s brother, Clifford also served in WW1.

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    Fred's grave marker in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

    Fred’s grave marker in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

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  • Howard, Frederick Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • VR-4071
  • Force:
  • Navy
  • Battalion:
  • Niobe, Seagull
  • Place of Birth:
  • Hull, Yorkshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • mother, Sarah Jane Howard of Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 17, 1899
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
  • Country:
  • England
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • fireman for CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • April 14, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 19
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • March 4, 1925
  • Age at Death:
  • 25
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 31E-35-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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