George Howell (VC)

George Howell (VC)

George Julian "Snowy" Howell VC, MM (19 November 1893 – 23 December 1964) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Howell was decorated with the Victoria Cross following his actions during the Second Battle of Bullecourt, in which he ran along the parapet of a trench bombing the German forces attacking his position through the use of grenades, and thus driving them back.

Born in a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Howell was employed as a builder before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in June 1915. Allotted to the force's 1st Battalion, he served at Gallipoli prior to transferring to the Western Front. Participating in the Somme offensive of 1916, Howell was wounded at Pozières and promoted to corporal in early 1917. During an attack on a German held village, he led a rifle bombing section and was awarded the Military Medal for his actions. Severely wounded in his Victoria Cross action, Howell underwent a prolonged hospitalisation period before returning to Australia and receiving his discharge on medical grounds. Settling in Coogee, he gained employment by working on the advertising staff of several newspapers. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, Howell served with the Australian Eastern Command Headquarters but soon sought his discharge and enlisted with the United States Sea Transport Service. Howell died in 1964 at the age of 71.

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George Howell (VC) - Later Life
... On 1 March 1919, Howellmarried Sadie Lillian Yates, a nurse, at St Stephen's Presbyterian Church in Sydney ... The pair settled in Coogee, where Howellwas employed on the advertising staff of Smith's Newspapers Ltd and later the Bulletin Newspaper Co ... At the outbreak of the Second World War, Howellonce again offered his services and enlisted in the Australian Army on 14 October 1939 ...