Lieutenant Colonel Louis Meredith Howard
Born. Canada, 1878.
Died of wounds, 2nd July 1916, Aged 38.
Louis Meredith Howard, born in Canada, was the son of Rice Meredith Howard, a Queens Council (Barrister).
Louis served in the Boer War (1899 to 1902) as a Corporal with the Cape Mounted Rifles and during this war gained promotion to a commissioned rank because of an act of gallantry.
On November 19th 1914, whilst holding the rank of Captain in the Royal West Surrey Regiment, he was gazetted into the Leeds “Pals” and was appointed their Adjutant. He played an active part in the recruitment of the battalion and on many occasions would travel with the recruitment party on the recruiting tram. (this role formerly undertaken by Lieutenant Leslie Christian Kirk.)
On battalion sports day, at Colsterdale camp, on Wednesday 12th May 1915, Major Howard was to not only judge, but also present the trophy to the Competitor who obtained the highest number of points.
On the 28th August 1915,three weeks before the battalion moved to Fovant camp, and nine months after joining them, Major Howard left the battalion to take command of the 24th (service) battalion (1st Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers
When he left the “Pals”after only seeing service with them at Colsterdale and Ripon, he was the “Subject of a popular demonstration”, given in his honour by his “pals”. This popularity was simply, because of his rise through the ranks.
On the 1st July 1916 Louis Meredith Howard was wounded, during the battle of the Somme. He succumbed to his wounds one day later.
He his buried in Ovilliers Military cemetery, France.