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Daniel Howe was born around 1883 in Crompton, Lancashire.

In 1911, now aged 28, he was living at 14 Halstead Street, Oldham with his wife, Agnes and two children Joseph (b. 1905) and James (b. 1909). Daniel was working as a cop packer in a cotton mill.

Following the raising of Kitcheners Army, Daniel enlisted in the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was given the service number 20489 and was posted into the 6th (Service) Battalion. By the time the Battalion were ready to go overseas, Daniel had already been promoted to Lance Corporal. This may have been due to prior experience in the military or militia; or perhaps he had impressed his superiors during their training at Tidworth and Blackdown camps.

Daniel landed in Gallipoli on 25th November 1915, joining the Battalion in the field, they had been there since 4th August, and were by now located at Sulva Bay.

Daniel had missed the three major battles that the Battalion were involved in at Gallipoli.

The Battle of Sari Bair
The Battle of Russell’s Top
The Battle of Hill 60

He would have been present at the last Turkish attacks at Helles on 7th January 1916. Later that month, the Battalion were evacuated to Egypt and went on to serve in Mesopotamia.

At some point Daniel transferred to the Royal Irish Regiment, he was given the service number 20510. It is likely he served in their 1st Battalion, as they too served in Gallipoli and then Mesopotamia.

Daniel survived the War and was transferred to class Z reserve. He was awarded the 1914/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals.

Unfortunately no further information can be found as his service papers have not survived.

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