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He was the son of John and Sarah Lowe. One of his brothers, Private Alonza (served as Albert) Lowe, 2/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles), died of wounds on 9th December 1917. He was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Tom was the husband of Mary Matilda Lowe and the father of Evelyn Lowe. In 1911 they lived with Mary's family at 3 William Street, York Street, Glasshouse Street and later at 8 Clarence Terrace (both Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a wooden case maker.
03 Aug 1918
36
2894807 - CWGC Website
L/23238
Nottingham
Shoeing Smith
Royal Field Artillery
34th Division Ammunition Column. He drowned aboard HMS Warilda. HMAT Warilda (His Majesty's Australian Transport) was a 7713-ton vessel, built by William Beardmore and Company in Glasgow as the SS Warilda for the Adelaide Steamship Company. She was designed for the East-West Australian coastal service, but following the start of the First World War, became a troopship and in 1916, she was converted into a hospital ship. On 3 August 1918, she was transporting wounded soldiers from Le Havre to Southampton when she was torpedoed by the German submarine UC-49.This was despite being marked clearly with the Red Cross; as with a number of other hospital ships torpedoed during the war, Germany claimed the ships were also carrying arms.The ship sank in about two hours, and of the 801 persons on board,123 people were sent to their deaths when the Warilda sank. The Deputy Chief Controller of the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, Mrs Violet Long, lost her life in this action. Amongst the survivors was her commander, Captain Sim, who was later awarded the OBE by King George V. (Wikipedia)
Nottingham Evening Post 12/3/1919 courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 “LOWE. – Reported missing, believed drowned August 3rd, 1918, on H.M.S. Warilda, now reported drowned on that date, S/S. Tom Lowe, R.F.A., the beloved husband of Pollie Lowe, 8 Clarence-Terrace. Shattered hopes. – From his ever-loving wife and three children. “LOWE. – Reported missing, believed drowned August ...3rd, 1918, now reported drowned on that date. Tom, the beloved son of Mrs. Lowe. – From his loving mother, sisters, and brothers, and Aunt Harriet. “LOWE. – Reported missing, believed drowned August 3rd, 1918, now reported drowned on that date. – From [illegible] and George, Martha and Walter, sisters & brothers-in-law.” He is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial Southampton.
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