Winston Edgell Howarth

Winston Edgell Howarth was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1909.

He was the son of Sam and Nora Howarth.

His father, Sam Howarth, was a superintendant for an insurance company and also served as a Bolton town Councillor.

He attended Bolton Church Institute from 15 September 1921 (form IL) to 21 December 1927 (Form V).

Winston was known throughout the School as “Janet” but he didn’t mind even juniors calling him by his nick-name. He was a good cricketer and runner.

After leaving School he worked in the accounts department of the Southport Visitor newspaper.

He married Jean M Stephenson in Bolton in 1931.


Winston's War

Winston was serving as Second Radio Operator on the unescorted merchant ship SS Norman Prince when it was sunk by the German submarine U-156, 60 miles west of St Lucia in the Caribbean in the early hours of 29 May 1942 (CWGC gives date as 28 May). He was among the 16 men who lost their lives as a result of the attack.


Bolton Journal and Guardian
20 November 1942

Counc. and Mrs Howarth. 697 Manchester-rd., Great Lever, have received official intimation that their eldest son, Radio Officer Winston Edgell Howarth (31) is missing. His ship was lost at the end of May. His wife lives in Park-ave Southport. They have two children, both boys. Radio Officer Howarth was educated at the Church Institute School and was employed in the accounts department of the “Southport Visitor”. Counc. Howarth’s youngest son is serving in the Royal Marines.



Winston Edgell Howarth

Winston Edgell Howarth

Second Radio Operator

SS Norman Prince (London)
Merchant Navy

Born: Burnley, Lancashire 1909

Died: at sea off St Lucia 29 May 1942

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