Medals from the Collection of Brigadier Brian Parritt, C.B.E.

Date of Auction: 19th March 2008

Sold for £190

Estimate: £160 - £200

Pair: Captain K. S. Howard, Sherwood Foresters, who was killed in action, 6 October 1918

British War and Victory Medals (Capt.) nearly extremely fine (2) £160-200


Kenneth Salway Howard was born in Bushbury, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire on14 December 1879. He was educated at Gorsebrook House, Bushbury; Wolverhampton Grammar School, Haverford West and Durham University. After leaving University he became an Assistant Master at the Royal School, Armagh, Northern Ireland and then a Superintendent of the Irish Intermediate Education Board.

In August 1914 he was serving in camp at Kempton Park, Sunbury as a Private in “A” Company of the 79th Public Schools Battalion, 16th Middlesex Regiment. With the onset of war he volunteered for the Army and on 19 August 1914 applied for a commission. He was attested on 5 September 1914 and continued to serve in the Public Schools Battalion. On 17 May 1915 he was commissioned into the 4th (Extra Reserve) Battalion of the Royal Sherwood Foresters.

He served at home until 1 September 1918 when he joined the 1st Battalion Sherwood Foresters in France. On the night of 6/7 October during the 2nd Battle of Arras, the Germans launched a counter attack on the Rouvroy Fresnes Line at Oppi. In a fierce fight the counter attack was repulsed but Captain Kenneth Salway Howard was killed. He was buried in Roclincourt Military Cemetery. Sold with copied service papers, m.i.c., a modern photograph of his grave and other research.