Howard Bright

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 27160
Died: 19th September 1916, aged 23 years
Buried: Peronne Road Cemetery, Maricourt, France (Plot III, Row D, Grave 9)


Howard was the third of 6 siblings born to Matthew Philip William and Elizabeth Bright (nee Long), who married in Southampton in 1887.

The family were living at Lampitts House, Woodlands near Ashurst at the 1911 Census.

Matthew was an Accountant and was born in Southampton in 1857; he died in the city in 1916.

Elizabeth was born in Fareham in 1857 and she passed away in Droxford in 1942.



Matthew Richard George   b. 1888 Alton   d. 1958 New Forest   Married Agnes Jessie Ramsay in Southampton in 1911.

Ida Rebecca F.   b. 1891 Southampton   d ?   Married Malcolm G. Jefferies in Southampton in 1921.


Clifton   b. 1895 Southampton   d. 1900 Southampton

Lionel Frederick   b. 1897 Southampton   d. 1908 Southampton

Henry (Harry) Crawford   b. 1898 Southampton   d. 15 January 1980 Ohio   Married Elizabeth Flora Bate in Ohio on 9 March 1921.


The 1st Battalion Duke of Cornwall’s was formed at the Curragh in Ireland in August 1914 and was assigned to the 14th Brigade in the 5th Division.

They landed at Le Havre on 15 August 1914 and fought in many important battles on the Western Front.

On 12 January 1916, the battalion was transferred to the 95th Brigade in the same 5th Division.

Howard probably succumbed to injuries suffered at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, fought between 15 – 22 September 1916.

The battle is significant in the campaign for being the first time tanks were used in warfare.


Mariccourt was, at the beginning of the Battles of the Somme, 1916, the point of junction of the British and French forces, and within a very short distance of the front line.

The cemetery was begun by fighting units and Field Ambulances, and was used until August 1917.

Many graves were added after the Armistice from outlying burial grounds; it now holds 1348 Commonwealth graves.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 31st May 2016


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