On this day, 100 years ago an IMechE member was killed in action.
JOHN HOWARTH: 10th September
Graduate Member since 1909; Associate Member 1914.
At the outbreak of war he was an Engineering Assistant, James Diggle & Sons.
Wartime posting(s) was/were, 2nd Lieutenant, Royal Engineers, 1st West Riding Field Company.
Died of wounds.
Sec. Lieut. JOHN HOWARTH, Royal Engineers, was born at Rochdale on 10th August 1889.
After receiving his elementary education at Cronkeyshaw School, Rochdale, he began an apprenticeship at the age of fourteen at the Sun Ironworks, Heywood, and four years later he became an articled pupil to Messrs. J. Diggle and Son, civil engineers, of Westminster and Heywood.
On the completion of his apprenticeship in 1910, he remained as engineering assistant to the same firm, being engaged on the design and installation of various pumping and power plants for water and sewage works, also bridges and civil engineering plant. For a time he acted as resident engineer at the Salford Sewage Works.
In September 1914 be joined the Army as sapper in the Royal Engineers, and rapidly became Quartermaster-Sergeant. Ultimately he was offered a Commission as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, and went to Egypt in December 1915. A few months latter he was ordered to France, where he was wounded by shrapnel. After being six weeks in hospital at Boulogne, he was brought over to the Military Hospital at Epsom, where he died on 10th September 1916, at the age of twenty-seven.
He was elected a Graduate of this Institution in 1909, and an Associate Member in 1914.
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