HOWELL, Josh Luther

Known as: 
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Service number: 
Friday, January 30, 1987
Died : 
Monday, July 21, 2008
Died in service

Marine Josh Howell, aged 21, collapsed and died suddenly at his base at Taunton having recently returned from a 7 month tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Josh began his commando training aged 19 however just two weeks before his planned passing out ceremony, he was cruelly hit by a severe bout of glandular fever. Then, after more than a month recovering, bad luck struck again when doctors discovered Josh had suffered damage to the the muscles in both his legs when he fell just two miles short of of a 30-mile run in full combat gear. His training was set back another two months and he missed the next graduation ceremony at Christmas. Undeterred, Josh went through two months of physiotherapy and began to recover little by little. He eventually passed out with the 910 troop at the Lympstone Commando Training Centre. He was awarded the Royal Marines Commando Medal for "courage, determination, cheerfulness and unselfishness" at his passing out ceremony. He was the only one of 50 trainee marines to pick up the prestigious award after he was nominated by his colleagues. 
[Source: Articles in the Coventry Telegraph 31st July 2006 & 5th August 2008.]
2 years after his death on the 26th August 2010 his younger brother Ruddie Howell, a graphic designer, was killed after a car he was travelling in collided with a lorry.
[Source: dated 3/9/2010]

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