Bob was born on the 11th
October 1925 in Brighton Road, Croyden, Surrey, and grew up in and
around the Battersea area of London.
On the 30th June 1943 he
enlisted at Easterly Barracks, Portsmouth Division and joined the 299
Serving at the Portsmouth
Division from 30th June 1943 to 14th March 1944.
He then served on H.M.S.
Howe from 15th March 1944 to 7th July 1946.
Returning to the
Portsmouth Division on the 8th July to 18th September 1946.
On the 9th July 1948 he
left Southampton on board the S.S. Asturias and arrived in Freemantle
Western Australia on the 5th August 1948.
On the 21st January 1950
he married to Rita Eileen Bunton. They were later blessed with two
children, Stephen John Howse who was born on 22nd July 1955, and Peter
Michael Howse who was born on the 24th December 1959.
299 Squad June 1943