Warrant Officer class one Gordon Howard

Private – Warrant Officer Gordon Howard served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1 and the Royal Army Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW2. Before WW1 and between both wars, he also served with the Canadian Permanent Army Medical Corps.

He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory medal, Defence medal, Canadian Army Volunter Service medal (without clasp) and the Canadian Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His wife probably received the Memorial Cross

Born on November 3rd, 1887 in Bermondsey, London, England
Trade: soldier         Religion: Church of England
Status: married      Height: 5′ 8″     Weight : 159 lbs.
Eyes: blue                Hair: light brown

1901 United Kingdom census
Living at 53 navigation road in Altricham, Chester  Trade : Cabinet maker apprentice

April 5th, 1904 : Enlisted in the 17th Lancers and served until April 8th, 1907. Served in India
March 27th, 1911 : Married Minnie Smith
March 26th, 1912 : Enlisted in the Permanent army medical corps (PAMC) and served until September 24th 1915
March 26th, 1914 : Re-engaged in the P.A.M.C.. On declaration of war the P.A.M.C. was composed of 20 officers, 5 nursing sisters and 102 other ranks

FIRST WORLD WAR    Enlistment number # 1873 with the Canadian Army Medical Corps
September 24th, 1914 : Enlisted in the 1st Division Headquarter

February 6th, 1915 : To be a sergeant

November 15th : Attached to the Nurse rest home in Chelsea

November 30th : Transferred to C.A.M.C. Depot

December 2nd : Transferred to the 7th Canadian Field Ambulance

February 12th, 1916 : Unit left Moore’s Barracks at 8:20 am and arrived at Shornecliffe at 8:45, they entrained and departed at 9:50 am. Arrived at Southampton and embarked on HMTS African prince.
February 13th : Ship docked in Havre, France

April 21st : Promoted sergeant major

April 30th : Promoted Warrant officer class I

December 1st : Granted 10 days leave

May 11th, 1917 : Granted 3 days leave to Paris

August 31st : Sentenced to be reverted to the rank of sergeant after being accused of being drunk while on active service

August 1918 : Gazed at Amiens

October 5th : Appointed Quartermaster sergeant

January 2nd, 1919 : Sentenced to be reverted to the rank of private and 28 days of Field punishment due to conduct to the prejudice of good order discipline. In that he, at Perez Belgium on the night of December 7th 1918 was an accomplice in the misuse of motor ambulance A14350

January 26th : On strength with the 9th Canadian Stationary Hospital

March 12th : Sentence of 28 days Field punishment remitted

June 6th : Proceeded to England

July 2nd : Embarked for Canada. Arrived in Halifax on July 8th

April 30th, 1920 : Discharged in Ottawa, Ontario

Service between the war

May 1st : Enlisted in the RCAMC in the military district no 3, No 9 Detachment Ottawa. He was granted an increase pay as storeman class 3 and placed on the married establishment

July 1st, 1921 : Promoted to the rank of corporal
May 1st, 1922 : Re-engaged for three years and regraded as clerk group C on September 1st
April 1st, 1923 : Graded clerk group B and promoted to the rank of sergeant on May 15th
May 15th, 1931 : Promoted staff sergeant
March 20th, 1934 : Hospitalized for Myalgia to the back. Discharged on March 22nd

April 30th 1937 : Demobilized

Reports from 1925 to 1936 state that his conduct was satisfactory

SECOND WORLD WAR    Enlistment number # C 93000 with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Enlisted on September 5th, 1939 in the Headquarter company R.C.A.M.C.. Total strength of the Permanent R.C.A.M.C. was 43 officers, nursing sisters and 123 O.R.

October 1st : Promoted to the rank of corporal

November 1st : Promoted to the rank of sergeant

December 1st : Promoted to the rank of staff sergeant

November 25th, 1940 : Admitted at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. Discharged from hospital on January 6th

March 1st, 1943 : Died of haemorrhage from peptic ulcer. Buried in Pinecrest cemetery in Ottawa Plot 162 Sec M Grave 1

If you know more information on this gentleman, please leave me message so I can add it to his small biography.

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  • […] During WW1 the use of motor vehicule for war was really in its first step. These motor ambulances was such a valuable and rare ressource that they were never sent near the front during the day but only at night. If someone was caught misusing or using those vehicules without permission , they were automatically cour martialed. Warrant Officer Gordon Howard is an example of somone who was reverted to the rank of private after commiting such an infraction. His story can be read by clicking here. […]

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