Walter Jack Howell

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Walter Jack Howell

Sir Walter Jack Howell KCB (1854 - 29 January 1913) was a British civil servant. He was Assistant Secretary to the Marine Department of the Board of Trade.

Howell was the eldest surviving son of Valentine Frederick Howell (died 1882) and Hannah (died 1893), daughter of Isaac Probert of Yockleton, Shrewsbury.[1] Walter Howell was educated at Loughborough Grammar School, King's College London, and in France.[2]

Howell was made a Companion of the Bath (CB) in 1902 and upgraded to Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB) in 1907.[3] He was also a Knight Commander of the Order of St Olaf[3] and a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (FSS).[1] His offices were in Number 7 Whitehall Gardens (Pembroke House), with his home at Redlynch, Streatham Common.[3] Howell was a witness at the Titanic inquiry after it sank on its maiden voyage in 1912 with huge loss of life.[2]

A portrait of Howell is held by the National Portrait Gallery, London [4] His obituary was published in The Times.[2]


  1. ^ a b Walford's County Families of the United Kingdom. 1913. p. 604.
  2. ^ a b c "Obituary: Sir Walter Howell". The Times (40123). London. 31 January 1913. col C, p. 9.
  3. ^ a b c "Howell, Sir Walter Jack" (subscription required). Who Was Who. A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edition, Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Sir Walter Jack Howell". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 17 August 2013.

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