Killed in Action – Gallipoli – 2nd May 1915
60 Cecil Howlett was 21, a resident of Penrith, NSW, he was a surveyor’s assistant prior to enlisting on 19 August 1914. He signed up with his older brother 61 Stanley Leslie Howlett together in the 1st FCE.
This day was to prove fatal for Cecil, and change the life of his brother Stanley Howlett and fellow sapper 53 Thomas Drane forever.
Cecil Howlett was buried at shrapnel gully and his name carved in the original memorial prepared by sapper 149 Charles Akins
Killed in Action.
Nepean Times (Penrith, NSW : 1882 – 1962), Saturday 5 June 1915, page 3
“Word has been received of the death of a second district boy who was killed in action at the Dardanelles, in the person of Sapper Cecil W R Howlett, second son of Mr and Mrs Robert Howlett, of Luddenham, and grandson of the late Mr and Mrs James Campbell. Deceased was a member of the First Expeditionary Force, which left in October last, and was in his 22nd year. He enlisted from Epping with his elder brother, Stanley (who is still in Egypt), and before their departure were, in com pany with other volunteers from that suburb, presented with a gold ring each as a token of respect and esteem from the residents.
He was born at Luddenham, and lived there most of his life; but at the time of enlistment was employed with a survey party. He was a fine specimen
of an Australian, and well respected. A military parade and memorial service will be held on Sunday at Luddenham, at 10.30 a.m., and the Rev James McKee, of Penrith, will conduct same.