Private R. E. HOWE

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Personal History:
There are 10 males named "R Howe"  on the 1911 Census living in Derbyshire, of appropriate age, but none with the second initial 'E'. No-one with the surname "Howe" and initials "R E" died in the Buxton area at the appropriate time to be included on the Memorial.

Military History:
There are no obvious records on the CWGC or SDGW Databases. The SDGW database has six "Private Howe", all with two initials, but not listed as "Born", "Enlisted" or "Living" in the Buxton area.

The CWGC identifies 14 "Private Howes", but only one with the second initial "E" - Pt. 13586 Richard Edwin Howe, 1st Battalion, Coldstream Guards, who was born in Stogursey, Somerset, in the September quarter 1894 (baptised Richard Wedwin POPE Howe on 9 September). The Parish Record shows just his mother, Mary Jane Howe.

The 1901 Census (RG 13/2264) lists him as a 6 year old 'Boarder' at High Street, Stogursey, the home of Jane Stone, her daughter, also Jane, and brother, Robert. By the time of the next Census (1911 Census RG 14/14145) he was listed as the foster son of the Stone family of Cross Cottage, Stogursey, Bridgwater, Somerset. This Census lists his occupation as "Market Gardener", so it is just possible he could have moved to the Buxton area before enlisting, but his age makes it unlikely.

After Richard was killed in action on 28 September 1915 at Vermelles, his personal effects were returned to Jane Stone.

Commemorated on:
An unknown soldier's grave