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Sarah Lillian (Yates) Howell (1892 - 1953)

Sarah Lillian (Sadie) Howell formerly Yates
Born in Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australiamap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 1919 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australiamap
Mother of
Died in Coogee, New South Wales, Australiamap
Profile last modified | Created 22 Apr 2019
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Sarah "Sadie" Lillian Yates was born in 1892 at Leichhardt, New South Wales, Australia. She was the only daughter of Joseph Yates and Hannah Gibbons.[1]

Sadie was a nurse

She became a nurse.

She married decorated Great War veteran, George Howell VC MM, on 1st March 1919 in St Stephen's Presbyterian Church, Sydney.[2] They made their home at Coogee, on Sydney's south eastern seaboard.

Howell, V.C., a Bridegroom [3]
Sergt. Howell, V.C., looked the most relieved man in Sydney as he came out of St. Stephen's Church after his marriage with Miss Sadie L. Yates yesterday afternoon. All V.C.'s are shy, and Sergt. Howell is not the exception that proves the rule. The bridegroom was born at Enfield, so is really one of our very own. He won the V.C. at Bullecourt on May 6, 1917, and the Military Medal at Hermies in April of the same year. After being wounded several times Sergt. Howell was invalided home in January, 1918. The bride, Miss Sadie L. Yates, is a native of Wodonga, Vic. and daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Yates. Her three brothers served with the Light Horse.
For her wedding Mrs. Howell wore embroidered crepe-de-chine — a present from China — and carried pale bluewater lilies. Her travelling dress was of champagne crepe-de-chine, and was worn with a hat en suite. Miss D. Collins, of Stanmore, acted as bridesmaid, in a georgette frock of putty color, a black tulle hat, and carrying pale pink water lilies. Mr. John W. Amos, of Coogee, gave the bride away, and Mrs. Amos and Mrs. A. J. U. Kelly received a few friends afterwards at Paris House. Another soldier, Lieut. Noel W. Smith, late of the A.F.A., was best man.

V.C.'S WEDDING (1919, March 1). With photos The Sun (Sydney, NSW : 1910 - 1954), p. 6 (FINAL SPORTING). Retrieved November 23, 2020

She passed away, aged 61 years, in 1953 at Coogee.[4]


  1. New South Wales Birth Index #2682/1892; registered at Sydney
  2. New South Wales Marriage Index #595/1919
  3. INTERESTING WEDDINGS. (1919, March 2). Sunday Times (Sydney, NSW : 1895 - 1930), p. 2. Retrieved November 23, 2020
  4. New South Wales Death Index #17738/1953; registered at Paddington, New South Wales

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