Bank: Parr's Bank
Place of work: Bury branch
Died: 1 July 1916
Herbert Howarth was born in Bury in 1894, the son of Robert and Mary Ann Howarth. He was educated at Bury Grammar School, and from about 1910 worked for Parr's Bank.
In September 1914 Howarth left his job at the bank's Bury branch to volunteer for the 17th (Manchester Pals') Battalion of the Manchester Regiment.
Private Howarth was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, while taking part in the attack on the village of Montauban. He was 21 years old. Later that month Howarth's elder brother Ernest was also killed on the Somme.
Howarth's body was one of the few to be recovered when the British army searched the battlefield at the end of the war. He was reburied at Peronne Road British Cemetery, Maricourt.
Herbert Howarth is commemorated on a bank war memorial at NatWest Bury branch.
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NatWest Group Remembers team June 16 2015 1:32PM
Many thanks to staff of Bury Grammar School for kindly providing the image and additional information about Herbert Howarth, now added to this page.
Lyn Crawford November 6 2018 3:13PM
Remembering Herbert Howarth who rests eternally alongside my great grand uncle Private Richard Bilsborough in Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France. Rest in peace.