Leonard Howarth

Discussion in 'Searching for Someone & Military Genealogy' started by 13thbattalion, May 11, 2017.

  1. 13thbattalion

    13thbattalion Active Member

    hi, I've been
    trying to find information out about Leonard Howarth, possibly with British 1st Airborne Division after being transferred from Lancashire Fusiliers . any help and info would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Steve

    Really the only place to start is to obtain his service records which will tell you his military history - Request records of deceased service personnel - GOV.UK then you can build the detail onto it

    Is this him:
    Leonard Howarth | ParaData

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Leonard Howarth
    Given Initials: L
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Death Date: 6 Jun 1944
    Number: 3663154
    Birth Place: Salford
    Residence: Salford
    Branch at Enlistment: Army Air Corps
    Theatre of War: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death: Parachute Regiment (not otherwise specified)
    Branch at Death: Army Air Corps

    It may be, others will correct me, that he was probably a 'Pathfinder'

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    Rank:Lance Corporal
    Service No:3663154
    Date of Death:06/06/1944
    Regiment/Service:The Parachute Regiment, A.A.C. 22nd Indep. Coy. Grave Reference: IVA. K. 4. Cemetery:RANVILLE WAR CEMETERY
    Additional Information:Son of Leonard and Harriet Howarth, of Salford, Lancashire.

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  4. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

  5. Cee

    Cee Senior Member Patron

    Hi Steve,

    On June 5th L/Cpl Leonard Howarth left from Harwell Airfield just after 11: 00 P.M in a 295 Squadron Albermarle aircraft carrying Lt. Don Wells' Pathfinder stick headed for DZ 'V'. His death on June 6th is mentioned in the war diary of the 22nd Independent Parachute Company:

    "6th June 1944

    0600 - Sticks moved off to company conc area LE BAS RANVILLE refmap 1073, contacted 9 Para Bn in area LE PLEIN refmap 1275, assisted in giving covering fire for Commando attack on AMFREVILLE refmap 1274. No.3663154 L cpl HOWARTH, L. killed by enemy action."

    The attached stick list was uploaded by cardiff rob.

    Stick List 22 IPC Normandy 44.jpg

    For more information on the 22nd Independent Parachute Company see the following thread and ParaData:

    22nd Independent parachute Company[pathfinders]

    22nd Independent Parachute Company (Pathfinders) | ParaData

    Regards ....
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  6. 13thbattalion

    13thbattalion Active Member

    Hi Guys, thanks for the replies. I've just found out that the man I'm looking for wasn't called Leonard he was called Frank Howarth. Any more information would be very much appreciated.
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  7. 13thbattalion

    13thbattalion Active Member

    I've just had a look a paradata and nothing is showing up. I was hoping someone might have more info regarding 1St airborne personnel.all I've been told is that he was in 1St airborne division. I'm doing it as a surprise for a friend.
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Would you care to elucidate a little more than just his names?? - date of death, date of birth, place of birth, place of death, etc etc


    edited to add:
    Perhaps you need to obtain his service records - details as in post No 2 - these will provide the official information you need
  9. mickeymouse

    mickeymouse New Member

    sorry for hijacking an old thread,leonard howarth was my great uncle.i have some photos and a bit of info if anybody is interested?
    would i have to get permission anywhere to upload them as not sure on the proper procedure for it
    thanks for the info on him i really appreciate it been trying to find out for years.i asked my grandfather for info a couple of times when i was a kid but he would always change the subject
  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Mike

    I would suggest you post away and upload to your hearts content - all I would say is that each file you upload needs to be a max 2Mb - and you can post as many as you like in a posting. As an option you could start a 'media' file or 'album' for yourself, upload the photos into there and then just post the link for other members to go an look. Open up your profile page and start loading

  11. Howarth

    Howarth New Member

    Hi 13thBattalion,
    The thread above is something I thought I'd never come across in a million years. You may have mistakenly asked about Leonard, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

    Leonard Howarth was my Dads younger brother and the details of his death are unclear. My Dad Harry, (who just turned 97 in Dec. and still going brave/strong) was a Sergeant Cartographer in the Intelligence Division, stationed in England. Harry believes Leonard was walking alongside a tank when it happened and that's about all we know. Leonard had 3 more brothers, Kenneth, Wayne and Thomas. Kenneth was a POW for two years. Wayne, when he became of age, spent several years in Japan and Thomas died as a child from influenza.

    What an enormous strain it must have been for a family to send 4 sons into battle. Sending your children off to a war, not knowing if they'll ever come back, must have been heart breaking for my Grandmother and Grandfather. I have nothing but respect and love for our military veterans.


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