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Corporal George Fred Howe


Harrogate Herald - 20th June 1917

The many friends of Corporal George Fred Howe (West Yorks), son of Mr & Mrs Howe, Rosedene, Bilton, Harrogate, will be please to hear that he has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery and gallantry in the field on May 12th, 1917, and having saved his sergeant (who was badly wounded) during a heavy shell fire. The official report states : 

"Corporal George Howe stayed with Sergeant W H Hands in the dugout, the latter being badly wounded (since died). After making him as comfortable as possible, Howe proceeded to the dressing station for doctor and stretcher bearers. After assisting the doctor he examined all the dugouts to see that they were not occupied, and eventually assisted in getting Sergeant Hands removed. Corporal Howe a fine example of courage and coolness under heavy shell fire, which was going on all the time". 

Corporal Howe joined up last August, and went out to France in December. He was formerly employed at Messrs Hepton Bros., Oxford Row, Leeds.


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