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2nd Lieutenant George Rowland Paget Howson
2nd Lieutenant George Rowland Paget Howson, 1st Battalion, King’s
Shortly after his death a local newspaper reported the following:
"Death in action on Easter Monday while leading his platoon, youngest son of the late Mr R G Howson one of the founders of the Morecambe Music Festival and many years manager of the Lancaster Bank, Morecambe. Deceased joined the service of the London City and Midland Bank, and had been for some years one of the clerks in the Carnforth Branch and prior to that was in the Kirkby Lonsdale Branch."
Another newspaper reported:
Second Lieutenant R P H Howson - Killed
Information has come to hand that 2nd Lieutenant George Rowland Paget Howson, King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment, and younger son of the late Mr R G W Howson, one of the founders of the Morecambe Musical Festival, and for many years the manager of the Morecambe Branch of the Lancaster Banking Company, now the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company. Howson, of Bare, was killed in action on Easter Monday, whilst leading his platoon in the attack. The deceased officer, who was 32 years of age, was educated at the Lancaster Royal Grammar School, served on the staff of the Manchester and Liverpool District Bank at Kirkby Lonsdale, and later for some years at Carnforth. In his school days he was conspicuous in games, and later maintained his keenness for both cricket and football. He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers, with whom he served for a time in France, returning for a course of training with the Oxford Officer Training Corps and subsequently given a commission in the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. An officer colleague, in notifying his death, writes:- "It is with the deepest sorrow that I have to tell you of the death of your gallant son, which took place on Easter Monday, when he was leading a platoon in the attack. It may be some consolation for you to know that your son's death was absolutely instantaneous. He was a gallant gentleman, and greatly loved by all his men. I have had the pleasure of his friendship ever since he joined, and I assure you we appreciated him very much. I assure you we all sorrow with you in this great blow. Yours sincerely, A P Myers." Deceased's elder brother, Harold, also in the service of the Manchester and Liverpool District Banking Company at Lancaster, responded to the country's call a few months ago.
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