Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 17, 1899
Place of BirthHull, Yorkshire
Marital StatusSingle
Next of Kinmother, Sarah Jane Howard of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / Callingfireman for CPR
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental NumberVR-4071
Service Recordsee images below
BattalionNiobe, Seagull
BranchRoyal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentApril 14, 1917
Age at Enlistment19
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMarch 4, 1925
Age at Death25
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Howard, Frederick

Frederick Howard was born on 17 December 1899 in Hull, Yorkshire, England.   He was one of thirteen children of Mathew Edward Howard (a painter) and Sarah Jane Gibson.   His siblings included Beatrice, John Edward, Ann, Dora, Ada, Clifford, Elsie, Edith, Harriet Ann, Donald, Leonard and Ethel.

Matthew Howard immigrated to Canada in June of 1914 followed by Sarah and children Fred, Elsie, Edith, Donald, Leonard, and Ethel in November of 1916.  They settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba.   It was from there that Fred enlisted with the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Reserve in early 1917.   At the time he was five feet six inches tall with dark brown hair and grey eyes.   He listed his occupation as fireman, probably with the CPR.

Fred went to Halifax and served on the home depot ship ‘Niobe’ and then the ‘Seagull’, a patrol ship based in Sydney, Nova Scotia.   He achieved the rank of Stoker and was demobilized on 11 March 1919.

Fred’s parents had moved to Kenora while he was away, so it was to this Northwestern Ontario town that Fred returned. He got employment in the CPR shops as a stationary engineer.   Sadly, Fred passed away from pneumonia on 04 March 1925.   He is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

Fred’s brother, Clifford also served in WW1.



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