George Howson

Bank: Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Co
Place of work: Carnforth branch
Died: 9 April 1917

George Rowland Paget Howson was born in Lancaster on 25 July 1885, the younger son of Robert Gardner William Howson, a bank manager, and his wife Kate Mary. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster.


In February 1902 Howson went to work for his father's bank, Lancaster Banking Co, starting as a junior clerk at its Kirkby Lonsdale branch. The bank was acquired by Manchester & Liverpool District Banking Co in 1904, and Howson transferred to the merged bank's Carnforth branch.


In November 1914 Howson left the bank to join the army, initially as a Private in the Royal Fusiliers. In October 1916 he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment). He was killed in action at Arras on 9 April 1917. He was 31 years old.


After his death, his commanding officer wrote that 'He was a most charming man and a great favourite with everyone, both officers and men. As his Commanding Officer, I have to deplore the loss of a very fine soldier - in whom I placed great confidence'.

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