Vincent Howard 1916-1995|
Vincent Joseph Howard was born at Wigan, Lancashire, England, on March 23rd, 1916, the youngest son of James Howard, builder. Orphaned at the age of seven, he was sent to Les Vauxbelets, the De La Salle school on the island of Guernsey. After studying French at London University he was appointed assistant master at St Josephs School, Battersea. Evacuated to Eastbourne, he met Dorothy Newling, an evacuee music teacher from the Notre Dame convent in Battersea. They married at Eastbourne in 1940. From 1940 to 1945 he served in the Royal Artillery 14th Army, mainly in India and Burma.
After the war he gained an MA at Birkbeck College, London, and was appointed French master at Orleans School, Twickenham, before becoming head of French and then deputy headmaster at the London Oratory. From 1965 he was principal lecturer in the French department at Coloma College of Education (London University) until his retirement in 1978.
He died at West Wickham on March 31st, 1995.