Sergeant William Law Howie, 2nd Pioneers Australian Imperial Force

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Sergeant William Law Howie 1722, 2nd Pioneers, Australian Imperial Force.

William George Law Howie was born at Boghall, St Martins to William and Isabella Howie on 3rd April 1882.  His father was a farmer.  He was educated at Cauvins, Duddingston.  William was a time served lawyer with Messrs. McCash and Hunter, Perth, and later with Messrs. Bruce, Menzies, Low and Thomson, Edinburgh.  In 1913 he emigrated to Australia where he was involved in farming.  In January 1916 he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Forces and shortly afterwards was drafted overseas to France.   He was involved in various battles on the Western Front, including around Ypres.  Sergeant William Law Howie was killed on 20 September 1917; he and his men were building a bridge, when a shell caught and killed him.  William was 41 years old.  He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.















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