Mid-Ulster Mail – Saturday 17 June 1916
Roll of Honour
Sergeant Robert Howe
On Monday last the sad intimation was received by Mrs Howe, Coagh, that her son, Sergeant Robert Howe, had died of wounds received in action, by the following letter from the Rev AB Brooke, chaplain:
Dear Mrs Howe, I am very sorry indeed to tell you that your son, Sergeant R Howe, died at this hospital on June 3rd. He was admitted just a few hours before with serious wounds in the abdomen and thigh and was conscious only a short time during which I was with him and prayed with him and did all I could to help to comfort him. I told him I would write to you and he sent you his dearest love. That was his only message. He soon became unconscious and later, in spite of all doctors’ efforts, passed quietly away without feeling pain. He was buried with the church services in the military cemetery on the Paperinghe-Baeschepe Road. His grave will be marked with a cross bearing his name. Please accept my deepest sympathy and I hope you will feel that he was not alone but with friends who did their very best for him. His personal effects will all be sent on to you later by the authorities.
The late Sergeant Howe, who was only 27 years of age, volunteered in January 1915 from Guelph, Ontario, Canada, where he had been about a year. Before going out he was six years on the RIC, being stationed in Queen’s County and Lurgan, and also Cullingtree Road Barracks, Belfast, from where he resigned. When in Belfast he was attached to Abercorn Memorial Masonic Lodge No 347, and in Belfast, as well as in all the other places he had been, he made a wide circle of friends. He received his training at Shorncliffe and Bramshott Camps and in May last he was sent to the danger zone where, in his second engagement in the vicinity of Ypres, he got mortally wounded, dying on the evening he was admitted in the Field Hospital. Great sympathy is felt for his grief-stricken mother, sisters and brothers, one of whom, Charles, is at present attached to the Royal Irish Rifles as drill instructor in Celley Park, reading, having also formerly been a member of the RIC.