Date of birth: 29th May 1913
Parents: Alfred Patrick John and Margarette Howlett
Wife: Phyllis Ethel Howlett
Address: 20 Queen's Square Warwick
Occupation: Worked at Lockheed Brake Company in Leamington
William Henry Howlett was known in the family, and locally as Harry. His father was Alfred Patrick John and his mother was Margaret Howlett (nee Long). Harry was born in Q2 1911 in Romford, Essex.
By 1939 Harry was living at 20 Queens Square, Warwick with his wife Phyllis Ethel (1910-1995).
Harry’s brothers, George and Alfred (Alf or Slim) also fell and are commemorated on Warwick War Memorial. Their brother John survived.
Harry is remembered on his brother Alf’s grave in Warwick Cemetery:
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, Hatton, Warwickshire, 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.
Harry’s wife Phyllis died in mid Warwickshire in 1995 – she did not remarry
Rank & Number: Private, 5256196
Regiment/Service: 1st Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment
Date of death: 14th June 1942
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action at Tobruk
Commemorated/Buried: Buried in Knightsbridge War Cemetery, Acroma, Libya. 2. C. 21.
Commemorated locally at:
- Unlocking Warwick Research Group
- Warwick Advertiser excerpts courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office