Our family, from the Pittendrigh, Howells and Williams sides, have had members go off to World War 1 and World War 2, and have lost some of those members in those wars.
In 1915 three of the Pittendrigh boys fought at Gallipoli, two landing on 25 April with the ANZAC landings. Others, plus one Howells family member, fought in France.
One of the family from the Williams side was lost in WW2 on the HMAS Sydney when she was sunk off the Western Australia coast. The following pages are memorials to those lost, and a memory to all that served.
My Great Grandfather, John Clarke Howells, enlisted on 29 November 1915 at West Maitland, and was initially assigned to C Company, 39th Battalion. However, he was medically discharged as “unfit for active service” on 27 January 1916 by the medical board, due to an “old fracture of right fibula, stiff and painful ankle”, which was suffered in a “fall of coal” in June 1914, resulting in 12 weeks in Kurri Kurri Hospital.
Use the menu below to go to the page regarding the relevant family members. KIA indicates they were killed in action:
- Gallipoli (WWI)
- France (WWI)
- HMAS Sydney (WWII)
- ANZAC Landings - information about Gallipoli landings