Age: Not known
Date of birth: Not Known
Parents: Alfred Patrick John and Margarette Howlett
Wife: Leonora Henrietta Howlett
Address: Parents kept the Warwick Tavern
Occupation: Served for seven years with the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and then with Coventry Police Force before working at the Lockheed Brake Company, in Leamington
Despite extensive searches on Ancestry, we have not found Bill’s date of birth. The UK Army Roll of Honour states that he was born in Eire. His father was Alfred Patrick John and his mother was Margaret Howlett (nee Long).
Bill married in Coventry during the 4th quarter of 1941 to Leonora Henrietta Long. In 1939 she was living with her mother in Hammersmith and is described on the Register as a “Stage Artist”.
Bill left her the sum of £131. 9s in his will.
Bill’s brothers, William (known as Harry) and Alfred also fell and are commemorated on Warwick War Memorial. Their brother John survived.
Their father was the licensee of the Warwick Tavern located at 27-29 Crompton Street. Trading nowadays under the name of The Old Fourpenny Shop. He had the tavern up until his death in 1953 and left his estate of £1709.00 to his widow Margaret who died in 1970 aged 82.
There were at least two other brothers, Walter Aloysius and Leo or Thomas. This is known because Leo. / Thomas Howlett signed Walter’s burial slip for Warwick Cemetery. Walter died in Hertford Hill Chest Hospital, aged 44. At the time of Walter’s death, in 1964, Leo. / Thomas was still residing at the Warwick Tavern at 27-29 Crompton Street.
Bill’s wife, Leonora died in Leamington in May 1979 – she did not remarry.
Rank & Number: Sergeant, 5107689
Regiment/Service: Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: Attached to the King's African Rifles
Date of death: 8th February 1945
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in a road traffic accident in East Africa
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Nyeri War Cemetery, Kenya. 1. B. 4.
Commemorated locally at:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office