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Sir Reginald Neville Howse VC – Local Hero

Sir Reginald Neville Howse VC – Local Hero

By Steve Lee

For nearly twenty five years now I have been part of a small research team of four who collate information and record memorials to those awarded the Victoria Cross (VC), Britain’s highest military gallantry award for actions in the face of the enemy. The aim of the group has always been to create a definitive record of all memorials worldwide in order to ensure that no VC is ever forgotten. The work is currently being added to a memorial website www.memorialstovalour.co.uk

Living in Somerset I have a particular interest in all VCs connected to the county which brings me to the purpose of this article. Although he spent much of his life in Australia, Sir Neville Reginald Howse VC was born in Stogursey on 26th October 1863, much of his life is well document but I have been unable to find much out about his early life in Somerset. Through this article I was hoping that someone in the area may be able to tell me more about Sir Neville’s early life. There are many references to him being born in Stogursey but none give anything more specific and this is one of many questions I’d hope to find the answer to. Local knowledge tends to be a very useful resource so with this in mind I’d appeal to anyone who may know more to contact me via the email address below or on the telephone number also included.

What is commonly known is that Sir Neville was the son of Alfred and Lucy Howse; Alfred was a surgeon. He attended Fullard’s House School, Taunton and went on to study medicine at London Hospital (M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P). Due to declining health he migrated to New South Wales where he registered to practice in December 1889.

In January 1900, he was commissioned into the New South Wales Medical Corps and sailed out to South Africa to help with the Australian Forces during the Second Boer War. During action at Vredefort on 24th July ‘he went out under heavy crossfire and picked up a wounded man and carried him to a place shelter’. For this act he was awarded the Victoria Cross.

His achievements after this point continued to show how remarkable a man he was, his contribution to medical care, particularly in the Armed Forces doubtlessly saved many lives. I do him little credit by not expanding on his life after his VC action but I’m mindful of not taking up to much of your local publications.

In conclusion, I appeal to anyone who may be able to add any information regarding his early days in Stogursey to contact me. My email address is stevelee@memorialstovalour.co.uk or telephone 07551191070.

I’d also be very keen to look at the possibility of erecting some form of memorial to Sir Neville in the village which I’d hope would be befitting of a very special ‘Son of Stogursey’.

School Admission Arrangements 2021/22 Consultation

School Admission Arrangements

2021/22 Consultation

 Have Your Say

School admissions arrangements for children who are due to start or transfer school for the 2021-22 school year, and those moving schools during the 2021-22 school year will be consulted on for a minimum period of 6 weeks ending 31 January 2020.

This consultation applies to a number of schools and academies throughout Somerset.

This consultation period allows parents, other schools, religious authorities and the local community to raise any comments or concerns about proposed admission arrangements.

To view the consultation (live from 9 December) please visit https://www.somerset.gov.uk/education-and-families/school-admissions-policy/.

Somerset County Council                                                                             
County Hall, Taunton
Somerset, TA1 4DY

Brexit Readiness: Defra Food & Farming Briefing

Brexit Readiness: Defra Food & Farming Briefing

Date:               Wednesday 23 October 2019
Time:              12pm – 2pm

Venue:           Wessex Pavilions, Royal Bath & West Showground, Prestleigh, Nr Shepton Mallet, Somerset, BA4 6QN

Defra is working with the NFU, the Heart of the South West LEP and Mendip District Council to host a free ‘Ready for Brexit’ event aimed at businesses within the farming, food and drink sectors.

This event is open to all businesses in the Somerset and South West area and will provide information and signposting to the technical support and advice available to help businesses with preparing for Brexit.

Refreshments on arrival.

Registration for the event is through the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ready-for-brexit-food-farming-tickets-75825705727

Hinkley Point B and the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019

Hinkley Point B and The Radiation (Emergency
Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019
 
Community drop-in sessions for those within the 3.5km radius of Hinkley Point B and affected by the current emergency planning arrangements in place.
Come along to find out more about recent legislative changes that could affect these arrangements and provide feedback.

Alternatively, do it online at: www.somerset.gov.uk/reppir.  
 
St Andrews Church Rooms, Castle Street,  Stogursey, TA5 1TQ
• Monday, 21st October 2019; 10.00-12.00

St Audries Close Sheltered Housing, Lime Street, Stogursey, TA5 1QU.
• Wednesday, 23rd October 2019; 14.00-1600
• Friday, 25th October 2019; 14.00-16.00
• Saturday, 26th October 2019; 10.00-12.00