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Seymour Wylde Howes

Seymour Wylde Howes

Male 1913 - 2004  (91 years)

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  • Name Seymour Wylde Howes  [1, 2
    Born 1913  Montserrat Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Birth 1913  [4
    Service 1944  [5
    Company Sergeant Major, 16th Field Co, Royal Canadian Engineers 
    • won seven medals - see picture
    Honour 6 Jun 1944  Juno Beach, Normandy, France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Military Medal 
    • MM ribbon presented in the field by Field-Marshal Viscount Montgomery - see picture
    Death 2004  [1, 4
    Name Nick Howes  [1
    Name Seymour W Howes  [4
    Buried 2004  Terrace Hill Cemetery, Truro, Colchester, Nova Scotia, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Died 15 Nov 2004 
    • Military Medal citation reads:
      At H plus 60 minutes of "D" Day, the Landing Craft Infantry (L) with Company Sergeant-Major Howes and 34 personnel of No.1 Platoon aboard in the hold, struck a mine 100 yards off shore of Nan Red Beach and grounded in ten feet of water. Company Sergeant-Major Howes and several men made their way ashore, and immediately afterwards a life line was passed to the beach to assist the remaining personnel. On two occasions Company Sergeant-Major Howes plunged back into the water to assist drowning men ashore. Corporal Creighton of No.1 Platoon later stated that he would not have reached the beach with Company Sergeant-Major Howes' assistance. All this time enemy snipers were continually firing on the beaches and by leaving the security of the sea wall and going back into the water Company Sergeant-Major Howes stood considerable risk of being shot and drowned. He performed these deeds, however, regardless of his own safety.
      Seymour's daughter related to us that: he and his two brothers came to Miami on a ship and then by train to Montreal, Quebec, Canada to join Canada in the war effort for WWII. They all wanted to join the Air Force. Dad's brothers Bruce K. Howes
      and Kingsley Howes joined the Air Force but they shifted Dad into the Army, possibly because of his
      engineering background. My Uncle Kingsley lost all his toes in a Prisoner of War camp due to frostbite.
      Remember these boys had never been in a cold climate until they went overseas so weather I'm sure was a factor. They all physically survived the war and went on to live long lives (all dead now).
      Uncle Bruce was in the refrigeration business for a time and then went on to be an Anglican Minister in various parts of Canada and Uncle Kingsley returned to Montserrat, brought up his four kids and they all
      moved to Canada around 1984. He was killed in a car accident in the Toronto area.
    Person ID I6237  ONS
    Last Modified 6 Jan 2020 

    Father Seymour Wylde Wilkin Howes,   b. 1 Jul 1883, Montserrat Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1925  (Age 41 years) 
    Mother Florence Mackenzie Gillie,   b. Abt 1888, St Kitts, West Indies Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1967  (Age ~ 79 years) 
    Family ID F3995  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ethel Margaret Dunlap,   b. 1907,   d. 1990  (Age 83 years) 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    Family ID F7685  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1913 - Montserrat Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsHonour - Military Medal - 6 Jun 1944 - Juno Beach, Normandy, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S469] http://alangullette.com/lit/shiel/family/Shiell_Mary_Ann.htm.

    2. [S944] WW2Awards, http://www.ww2awards.com.

    3. [S1389] Kathy Messervey.

    4. [S568] Find a Grave, www.findagrave.com, 162197160.

    5. [S1225] Haus, Hous, House, Richard James House, http://www.ww2awards.com.