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Philip Llewellyn HOWELL-PRICE

Date of birth11 September 1894
Place of birthMt Wilson, Blue Mountains, New South Wales
SchoolKogarah High School, New South Wales; passed Junior University Examination
Other trainingLieutenant in New South Wales Cadets; later joined the Sydney Lancers.
OccupationBank clerk
Address2 Pearson Street, Balmain East, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 9.25"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinFather, Rev. J. Howell-Price, 2 Pearson Street, Balmain East, Sydney, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date3 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistment2nd Lieutenant
Unit name1st Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/18/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board Transport A19 Afric on 18 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollMajor
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette', second Supplement, No. 29890 (2 January 1917); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 103 (29 June 1917).

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Sixth son of Rev. J. Howell-Price, alad of pure Welsh blood with all the fiery courage & high ideals of his ancestors for which he gladly died - that Britons might be free.' (details from mother)
FateKilled in Action 4 October 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 7), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Rev. John and Mrs Isabel HOWELL-PRICE. Native of Mount Wilson, New South Wales

Distinguished Service Order

'For conspicuous gallantry when leading a party, which he had previously trained, in a successful raid on the enemy trenches. In face of heavy opposition and uncut wire he carried through his attack with great coolness and resource and saw every officer and man back in our trenches before he returned.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

Military Cross

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: Major Frederick Philmore HOWELL-PRICE DSO, 6th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, returned to Australia, 20 May 1919; Lt Colonel Owen Glendower HOWELL-PRICE MC, 3rd Bn, died of wounds, 4 November 1916;[2341] 2nd Lt Richmond Gordon HOWELL-PRICE MC, 1st Bn, died of wounds, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Service Order, Military Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HOWELL-PRICE Philip Llewellyn
Red Cross File No 3050306H

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