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Francis William Howden

Rank: Second Lieutenant (temporary)
Street: Woodview
Townland: Carriglass
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Templemichael
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Cloncoose, Longford; 72 Main Street, Longford;
Census 1901: Resident on Main Street, Longford (surname Hawden).
Census 1911: Residing at Cloncoose,
Regiment/Unit: Royal Dublin Fusiliers, 11th Battalion &. 1st Battalion
Regiment Number: 15846
Date of Death: 30-03-1918
Cause: Died of Wounds
Memorial: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, Wimereux, Pas-de-Calais, France

Francis William, a.k.a. Frank, was born 2 March 1894 in Cloncoose, Co. Longford; his father was a draper who was later a member of the United Irish League.

Francis arrived at Eastern front in Gallipoli on the 9 August 1915. He was originally believed to have died on the 25 September 1917, but this was corrected to the 30 March 1918. 

Extract from The Irish Independent: Second Lieutenant F. .W Howden, died of wounds, son of Mr Howden, Carriglass, Longford. He was at the landing at Suvla Bay, and through the Gallipoli campaign, with the Dublin 'Pals.'

Parents Names: Son of John Howden and Elizabeth (née Crowe), of Cloncoose, Longford.
Notes: The name is sometimes spelled Hawden.

Link to CWGC entry; Civil Record of BirthMention of Howden's death in a letter from Cpl Hudson, ex-POW, in the Longford Leader, August 1918; Find A Grave;

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