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Sir Neville Reginald Howse
Birth: Oct. 26, 1863
Stogursey
West Somerset District
Somerset, England
Death: Sep. 19, 1930
London
City of London
Greater London, England

Australian Army Major General, Second Boer War Victoria Cross Recipient, Politician. As a lieutenant in the New South Wales Medical Corps, he was awarded the VC for actions at Vredefort, South Africa on July 24, 1900. Under heavy crossfire, during which his horse was shot from under him, he carried a wounded soldier from the field to shelter. He was the first member of the Australian forces to receive the honor. Born at Stogursey, Somerset, England, he studied medicine at London Hospital before migrating to New South Wales for his health. He first practiced at Newcastle then Taree and after postgraduate work in surgery in England bought a practice at Orange in 1897. Following his service in the Boer War he returned to Australia as a member of the Australian Army Medical Corps Reserve, resumed his medical practice, and was twice Mayor of Orange. In August 1914, Howse was appointed principal medical officer to the Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force to German New Guinea, but returned home in time to join the first Australian convoy of troops that arrived in Egypt in December 1914. He was appointed assistant director of medical services, 1st Australian Division, and landed with the division at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. In September was given command of the medical services, Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and in November became Director of Medical Services of the Australian Imperial Force. He was promoted major general in 1917 and after the war was responsible for the medical side of returning soldiers to Australia. He was appointed Knight Commander of the Bath in 1917 and Knight Commander of St Michael and St George in 1919. From July 1921 he the full time Director General Medical Services of the Australian Military Forces until November 1922 when he resigned to contest a seat in the House of Representatives which he won. He was reappointed Director General Medical Services on a part-time basis until appointed a minister in 1925. Until his defeat at the 1929 General Election he served at various times as Minister for Defense, Health, Home and Territories and Minister in charge of Repatriation. In 1930 he went to England for medical treatment where he died from cancer. (bio by: Anthony Staunton) 
 
Burial:
New South Wales Garden of Remembrance *
Lidcombe
New South Wales, Australia
Plot: Wall 25, Panel C
*Cenotaph [?]
 
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Originally Created by: Anthony Staunton
Record added: Jan 08, 2011
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Sir Neville Reginald Howse
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Sir Neville Reginald Howse
Added by: Anthony Staunton
 
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