Joseph Howard was born in Halesowen and in 1914 was living in Blackheath. He enlisted in the Worcesters and was sent to the 4th Battalion. They had been engaged in the final stages of the Somme in October 1916 and in the Spring of 1917 were in the front line in the battles of Arras. On the 14th April a strong attack was made on the fortified village of Monchy-le-Preux, just east of Arras, with considerable loss. On the 23rd another attack was made but the German defences were impossible to overcome. Lance Corporal Joseph Howard was killed in action on the 23rd April 1917 and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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