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Douglas James HOW

Male 1912 - 1940  (27 years)


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  • Name Douglas James HOW 
    Born 17 Nov 1912  75 Heybridge Avenue, Streatham, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 Sep 1940  Boulogne Docks, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Death: Shot down over Boulogne Docks, France, during the Battle of Britain.
    Buried Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Plot 13. Row A. Grave 8.
    Notes 
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      Flying Officer Douglas James How, who has been awarded the D.F.C. for gallantry and devotion to duty during air operations, was born in Streatham in 1912.
      The second son of Mr and Mrs A.B. How, 109 Thurlow Park-road, West Dulwich, he lived in Heybridge Avenue, Streatham, for the first ten years of his life, and then the family moved, in order to be nearer Alleyn's School, Dulwich, where he received his education. His uncle, Mr. W.M.H. How, FCIS, still lives in Streatham.
      Flying Officer How joined the R.A.F. as a pupil pilot in 1936, and gained a Short Service Commission in the same year. He became a Flying Officer in 1938, and was transferred to the Reserve of Air Force Officers for service with the R.A.F. this year.
      His elder brother, who was in the Volunteer Reserve, obtained a commission and is now an observer with the R.A.F. in Egypt, and his younger brother is manning a searchlight "somewhere in England."
      FROM THE "NORWOOD NEWS", 12 JUL 1940
    • From Commonwealth War Graves Comission:
      Flight Lieutenant [Pilot) Douglas James How, 37806, holder of the Distinguished Flying Cross, serving with the Royal Air Force, 61 Squadron, died on 13 September 1940, age 26 and is buried in Plot 13, Row A, Grave B in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, France. He was the son of Alfred B. How and Edith E. How, husband of Jessie How of St. Leonards-on-sea, Sussex.
      Boulogne Eastern Cemetery is one of the Town Cemeteries and stands on high ground on the eastern side of Boulogne, on the road to St. Omer.
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      Douglas left a short will. The following details appear in the index at Somerset House. "Douglas James How, DFC, Rose Cottage, Hemswell, died on or since 13.9.1940 on war service. Admin Norwich 13.10.1940 to Jessie How (wife). Effects 436 pounds."
    • From Kay Wachter's book:
      Douglas's name is on the RAF memorial windows in Westminster Abbey. The DFC was presented to him by King George VI shortly before Douglas died.
    Person ID I00132  How Genealogy
    Last Modified 8 May 2015 

    Father Alfred Butterworth HOW,   b. 23 Dec 1878, 64 Old Town Street, Plymouth, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1971, Lymington, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Mother Edith Emily JONES,   b. 1 Apr 1886, Islington, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1953, Tavistock, Devon, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 30 Apr 1910  Parish Church, Brixton, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F00019  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jessie FAIRWEATHER,   b. 22 Jan 1907, Ottringham, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1997, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years) 
    Married 4 Feb 1939  Lambeth, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Certificates - Marriage
    Marriage Certificate - Douglas James HOW and Jessie Fairweather m.1939
    Marriage Certificate - Douglas James HOW and Jessie Fairweather m.1939
    Last Modified 7 May 2018 
    Family ID F00048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Nov 1912 - 75 Heybridge Avenue, Streatham, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Feb 1939 - Lambeth, London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 13 Sep 1940 - Boulogne Docks, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais, France Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Mima, Sarah, Eunice, Alfred, Edith, Mary, Norman, Denis, Douglas c.1924
    Mima, Sarah, Eunice, Alfred, Edith, Mary, Norman, Denis, Douglas c.1924
    Alfred HOW family c.1929
    Alfred HOW family c.1929
    Douglas, Norman, Mary, Edith, Denis and Michael in front
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Douglas How b.1912
    Douglas How b.1912
    At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.
    Photo of Edith, Norman and Douglas How in Margate, 1915
    Photo of Edith, Norman and Douglas How in Margate, 1915
    Photo of Alfred Butterworth HOW and family
    Photo of Alfred Butterworth HOW and family
    Photo from Top Left:
    Lady on left is unknown, Edith Emily JONES, Sarah Louisa HOW (Louie),
    Alfred Butterworth HOW, Eunice May HOW.
    Edit Mary How, Norman Alfred Waldo HOW, Denis Frank HOW, Douglas James HOW
    Photo of Douglas James HOW
    Photo of Douglas James HOW
    About 1932

    Documents
    Letter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about Douglas James How who died in 1940 in the Battle of Britain
    Letter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission about Douglas James How who died in 1940 in the Battle of Britain
    Contains details of his burial location
    Douglas James How Service Record - by Norman How
    Douglas James How Service Record - by Norman How
    News story about Douglas How b.1912 winning the DFC
    News story about Douglas How b.1912 winning the DFC
    Commonwealth War Graves Certificate for Douglas James How d.1940
    Commonwealth War Graves Certificate for Douglas James How d.1940
    Rank:Flight Lieutenant
    Trade:PilotService No:37806
    Date of Death:13/09/1940
    Age:26
    Regiment/Service:Royal Air Force 61 Sqdn.
    Awards:D F C
    Grave Reference: Plot 13. Row A. Grave 8.
    Cemetery:BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY
    Additional Information:Son of Alfred B. How and Edith E. How; husband of Jessie How, of St. Leonards-on-Sea, Sussex.

    Headstones
    Headstone of Douglas J How d.1940
    Headstone of Douglas J How d.1940
    Rank: Flight Lieutenant
    Trade: Pilot
    Service No: 37806
    Date of Death: 13/09/1940
    Age: 26
    Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force, 61 Sqdn.
    Awards: D F C
    Grave Reference: Plot 13. Row A. Grave 8.
    Cemetery: BOULOGNE EASTERN CEMETERY

    Histories
    Service Record of Douglas James How b.1912
    Service Record of Douglas James How b.1912
    Wartime Record of Douglas James How b.1912
    Wartime Record of Douglas James How b.1912

    Certificates - Marriage
    Marriage Certificate - Douglas James HOW and Jessie Fairweather m.1939
    Marriage Certificate - Douglas James HOW and Jessie Fairweather m.1939

  • Sources 
    1. [S23] UK - England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915.
      England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
      Name: Douglas J How
      Year of Registration: 1912
      Quarter of Registration: Oct-Nov-Dec
      Mother's Maiden Name: Jones
      District: Wandsworth
      County: Greater London, London, Surrey
      Volume: 1d

    2. [S18] Marriage Certificate.