From Baltimore to Augusta to France: Pvt. Howard was a WW I hero
Private Clarence Gilbert Howard
July 25, 1895 – December 9, 1918
Maryland sent her sons to the Great War, "The War to End All Wars." Over 4.5 million Americans were mobilized from 1917 to 1918 to World War I. Of those, 67,000 were from Maryland. In all, 116,500 American servicemen died from wounds and disease.
Clarence Gilbert Howard, a 22-year-old man living in Baltimore, was inducted into the U.S. Army in July 1918. He was sent to Camp Hancock in Augusta, Georgia and received his military training to prepare him to work in an Ordnance Depot. In September 1918 he was sent to France and worked preparing ammunition and cannon shells to be sent to the front lines.
Private Howard contracted spinal meningitis and died in France on December 9, 1918. Through his service Clarence Howard was a hero, as he gave his life for his country.
Private Clarence Gilbert Howard is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Below is a memorial, published in the Afro-American:
Private Clarence G. Howard died Dec. 10, 1918 at Issandun, France.
“Beloved son of Mrs. Annie Howard.
Death has robbed me of my son
Of one I loved so well
Taken from this world of sorrow;
Safely home with God to.
By his devoted mother.
His well remembered footsteps
We are listening for in vain;
Our eyes grew dim from watching.
And our hearts are sad with pain.
No more in our loved home again
Shall we our brother greet.
But in that home that’s free from pain
Shall we our brother meet.
By his devoted sister, Mrs. Mary H. Kennard and brothers, Clifford and Willard.”
Bibliography and more reading:
In Memoriam.: CLARENCE G. HOWARD GAVE LIFE FOR HIS COUNTRY. His devoted mother Mrs. Mary Kennard; Clifford; Willard
Afro-American (1893-1988); Jan 10, 1919; ProQuest Historical Newspapers: The Baltimore Afro-American pg. A3
Maryland in the World War 1917-1919; Military and Naval Service Records, Volumes I & II
Ancestry.com. Maryland Military Men, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: