How, John Christian

Born at Richmond, Surrey, he was the elder son of Charles Walsham How (D1870), formerly of the Vicarage House, Chesterton, Bicester, Oxfordshire, and later of 20 Montague Road, Richmond, Surrey. His mother, Mabel Louisa How, was the daughter of Dr. Frederick Chapman. He was first educated at Banstead Hall, Surrey, before coming to Winchester College for a year. In 1912 he left to go to Harrow, where he was head of the Sandhurst Division of the Army Class. He left school in December 1915, and passed fourteenth into RMC Sandhurst, where he was a Prize Cadet.

In August 1916, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant into 2nd Battalion, Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment, going to the front early in November. On April 2nd 1917, 7th Division captured Croisilles, south-east of Arras, after an extended period of fighting. He died that day, aged nineteen, and rests in grave I.A.4 of Croisilles British Cemetery.

As he had left Winchester early, he was not originally included in War Cloister, though his name was added later. How’s biography from the Harrow School Memorial website can be accessed here:

War: World War 1

  • Surname: How
  • Forenames or initials: John Christian
  • House: E
  • Years in School: 1911-1912
  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Queen's Royal West Surrey Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 8th November 1897
  • Date of Death: 2nd April 1917
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer G5
  • Decoration: NA