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James Howton resided in Bolton, Lancashire and joined the 5th (Home) Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at Bolton on 14.10.1914 aged 23 years. Following training he transferred to the 2/4th Battalion and arrived in France on 12.02.1915. Pte. Howson was present at the battle of Loos 1915 and later fought on the Somme in 1916. Here, the 2/4th Bn. were involved in the attack on Guillemont on 8th August and the capture of Ginchy on 9th September 1917. Following this Pte. Howson was to see action during the Third Battle of Ypres, which began on 31st July 1917.
It was in October 1917 during a German attack on the Ypres-Menin Road that Pte. Howson was wounded in the left side of his face and his thigh. He was sent to England where he was admitted to Egginton Military Hospital near Derby on 03.11.1917. He was discharged from hospital on 30.11.1917 and rejoined the 2/4th Battalion in France.
In 1918, Pte. Howson was involved in the Battle of Lys, Arras and the Hindenberg Line. During this period he was promoted to Corporal and later Lance Sergt. on 14.10.1918. Finally, James Howson was appointed Acting Sergeant on 19.01.1919 and was discharged with this rank following the demobilisation of the 2/4th Battalion on 23.03.1919.
The Trio is sold with copies of MIC and service papers.
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