James Alexander HOWDEN

Regimental number23/1685
Next of kinMother, Mrs S Howden, 29 Hill Street, Wanganui
Rank on embarkationRifleman
Unit nameNew Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1915, 3rd Reinforcements of 1st Battalion, E Company
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on board HMNZT 38 Tahiti on 8 January 1916
Final rankSergeant
Final unit2nd Battalion, Canterbury Infantry Regiment

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the 8th October 1918 in the advance on the Masnieres line and German positions in rear of it, this NCO commanded a rifle section which he handled throughout with marked dash and ability. Towards the end of the attack he found himself opposite a machine-gun in a strong position. He brought rifle fire to bear as a first measure, but on this proving ineffective he took one man with him and crawled to a flank with hand grenades. He threw these and rushing up under cover of their burst assaulted the crew of the gun and captured it. He then found himself looking down into the Sunken Road which was the final objective, and which was full of the enemy. Without hesitating a moment he with his one companion rushed down the bank and thus turned the left flank. His action was largely responsible for the capture of the objective, the right flank having been turned at the same time.'
Source: 'London Gazette'
Date: 14 May 1919

SourcesNominal Roll Vol. 2: Roll 16, p. 3

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