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  • This photograph was taken shortly before Thomas Lowe's enlistment.
Person Details
Nottingham
He was married to Elizabeth Lowe and was the father of Thomas Eric Lowe. They lived at 17 Bombay Street, St Ann's Well Road, Nottingham. The obituary on December 1914 gives the family's address as Holden Street, and the 'in memoriam' notice in November 1915 gives their address as Bunbury Street.
He was a postman.
01 Nov 1914
2871579 - CWGC Website
190575
Able Seaman
HMS Good Hope Royal Navy
(RFR/PO/B/1529). Commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. HMS Good Hope was a Drake Class armoured cruiser built in 1901. By 1914 she was Rear Admiral Sir Christopher George Cradock’s flag ship which, along with HMS Monmouth and other British vessels of 4th Cruiser Squadron, encountered Vice Admiral Von Spee’s Scharnhorst and Gneisenau forty five miles off the Chilean port of Coronel. The German ships were faster and more heavily armed than Cradock’s fleet. The sun set at 18:50 on November 1st 1914, which silhouetted the British ships against the light sky while the German ships became indistinguishable from the shoreline behind them. Spee immediately turned to close and signalled his ships to open fire at 19:04 when the range closed to 12,300 yards. Spee's flagship, Scharnhorst, engaged Good Hope while Gneisenau fired at Monmouth. Cradock's flagship was hit on the Scharnhorst's third salvo, when shells knocked out her forward 9.2-inch turret and set her forecastle on fire. Cradock, knowing his only chance was to close the range, continued to do so despite the battering that Spee's ships inflicted. By 19:23 the range was almost half of that when the battle began and the British ships bore onwards. Spee tried to open the range, fearing a torpedo attack, but the British were only 5,500 yards away at 19:35. Seven minutes later, Good Hope charged directly at the German ships, although they dodged out of her way. Spee ordered his armoured cruisers to concentrate their fire on the British flagship which had drifted to a halt with her topsides ablaze. At 19:50 her forward magazine exploded, severing the bow from the rest of the ship, and she later sank in the darkness. Spee estimated that his flagship had made 35 hits on Good Hope, suffering only two hits in return that did no significant damage and failed even to wound one crewman. Good Hope was sunk with all hands, a total of 919 men.
Nottingham Evening Post obituary (abridged), 1 December 1914: 'AB T Lowe, 1 Holden Street, Nottingham, lost with HMS Good Hope.' Nottingham Evening Post 'in memoriam' (abridged), 1 November 1915: 'Lowe Thomas, Bunbury Street, HMS Good Hope, wife and child.'
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  • This photograph was taken shortly before Thomas Lowe's enlistment.
    Courtesy of Able Seaman Lowe's grandson George Lowe. - This photograph was taken shortly before Thomas Lowe's enlistment.
  • HMS Good Hope
    - HMS Good Hope