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Jack Howard

 

Date and Place of Birth: Circa 1914 Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia
Date and Place of Death:    December 8, 1942 New Guinea
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Private
Military Unit: 2/16th Battalion, 7th Division, Australian Infantry
Area Served: North Africa and New Guinea

Jack Howard, son of Charles and Agnes Howard, was born in Victoria Park, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia, in 1914. Howard played for the Chevs Baseball Club, one of the first teams to be organized in Western Australia in the mid-1930s and comprising primarily of employees of Sydney Atkinson Motors,distributors of Chevrolet cars,hence the nickname.

From November 1940 to December 1941, Private Howard fought the Germans and Italians with 2/16th Battalion of the 7th Division in North Africa. By August 1942, Howard was fighting the Japanese in New Guinea and was killed in action on December 8, 1942.

Private Howard is buried at Port Moresby (Bomana) War Cemetery in Papua New Guinea.

Sources:
West Australian, December 30, 1942
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Australian War Memorial

Date Added: June 23, 2013

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