23 September 1918 Chief Mot Mech William Howson died on this day

MB/864 Chief Mot Mech William Howson, RNVR.

Born in Hellifield, Yorkshire in 1888, William worked for the Midland Railway Co. in the gas department of Hellifield Station before becoming a motor mechanic at Ilkley prior to enlistment. He joined the Navy in January 1916 and served on board H.M Motor Launch 378.

On the morning of 23 September 1918, whilst on leave, William was involved in a road traffic accident when the motorcycle he was riding was in collision with a wall, whilst trying to avoid a VAD Ambulance at Draughton, Yorkshire. Suffering from multiple injuries, including a severely fractured skull, he died in the Skipton and District Hospital later that afternoon.

He is buried in St.Aidan's Churchyard, Hellifield.


23 September 1918 died of his wounds.

Research by David O'Mara