HOWARD, Clarence William

Clarence enlisted in Brisbane in January 1916 when he was eighteen years of age. At this time, he was working as a Clerk at Sandy Creek Sawmill near Fassifern and had completed eighteen months compulsory service. Clarence was born at Ashford, a son of William and Eliza Howard, who gave permission for him to serve overseas.

Clarence became a member of the 25th Battalion and sailed from Australia for Egypt on HMAT Star of Victoria in March 1916. Three months later he was transferred to England and the following month sent to France. He was wounded in action in November 1916 and sent to England where he was admitted to Boscombe Military Hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his forearm. He returned to Australia and was medically discharged in June 1917. Clarence was awarded a pension from this date. After his return to Australia, he married in Brisbane and lived there for some years. Clarence died in Brisbane in 1991.