Robert Howarth

Rank:Fireman AFS
Incident Date:30/12/1940
Incident Address.Drill Hall, Castle Street, Bury
Grave Photo:No
Cemetery or Memorial:Not Known
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born during the March quarter 1873 in the Bury
R.D. - ref: 8c/467, son of  Joseph Hill & Sarah
Ann Howarth (nee Walwork).

1881 Census - No Trace.

1891 Census - No Trace.

1901 Census - 127 York Street, Bury.    Boarder -
Married - aged: 27 - occ: Coal Merchant - born:
Tottington, Bury.   Plus Grace Howarth - sister to
head - Married - aged: 28 - occ: Housekeeper -
born: Bury.    Head of household - Alice Taylor -
aged: 34.

1911 Census - 21 Geoffrey Street, Bury,
Lancashire.   Head of household - Married - aged:
38 - occ: Coal Dealer - born: Tottington, Bury.  
Also - Grace Howarth - Wife - aged: 39 - occ:
Calico Weaver - born: Tottington, Bury.    Plus a
son (8) and daughter(9).   Plus his sister-in-Law
- Alice Taylor, aged: 45.

Company Officer - Bury at the time of the fire and
explosion at the Drill Hall where ammunition was

Gazetted on the 16th July 1943 - "Robert Howarth,
M.M., Company Officer, National Fire Service.    A
fire broke out in a building in which ammunition
was stored, small arms ammunition began to explode
in very large quantities and the firemen fighting
the fire were in considerable danger.    Company
Officer Howarth, although injured by a minor
explosion, refused to be taken away, and carried
on with his duties as Officer in Charge.   He was
subsequently blown up by a major explosion which
resulted in severe body injuries of a permanent
nature.    Howarth showed courage and great
devotion to duty and set a splendid example to his


Bury (Bury MBC)
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