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CHARLES HENRY LOWSON (1888-1918)

44008 Corporal Charles Henry Lowson, 7th Battalion, the Lincolnshire Regiment died of wounds 15 August 1918 and is buried at Daours Communal Cemetery extension, France [1] and commemorated on the St. Helen’s Colliery Memorial Cottages and West Auckland War Memorial.  He was 30 years old, son of Richard and Maria Lowson.

Family Details:

 Charles was born c.1888 at Hamsterley to Richard and Maria Lowson.  His sister Lily was born at Woodland about 1891. [2]  By 1911, Richard and Maria lived at Maude Terrace, St. Helen’s Auckland, County Durham.  Richard was a coal miner.  Charles Henry aged 22 was also a coal miner (hewer).  Lily was 20 years old and lived at home.  His mother Maria later lived at 2 Jubilee Terrace, Evenwood.  [3]

Military Details:

The service details of Charles Henry Lowson have not been traced.  He served in the East Yorkshire Regiment being given the regimental number 14557 and at some stage he was an acting Serjeant.  He was transferred to the Lincolnshire Regiment, being allocated the regimental number 44008 and served as a Corporal.  [4]

The 7th (Service) Battalion of the Lincolnshire Regiment was formed at Lincoln in September 1914 as part of Kitchener’s New Army, K2 and attached to 51st Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division.  Other units within the Brigade were: [5]

  • 7th (Service) Battalion, the Border Regiment
  • 8th (Service) Battalion, the South Staffordshires
  • 10th (Service) Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters
  • 3/4th Battalion, the Royal West Kents, joined June 1917, left July 1917
  • 51st Brigade Machine Gun Company, joined 12 February 1916, moved into 17th Machine Gun Battalion, 24 February 1918
  • 51st Trench Mortar Battery, joined 3 July 1916

In July 1915, the Division landed in France and spent the early period holding the front lines in the southern sector of the Ypres Salient.  Corporal Lowson entered France 7 October 1915.[6]  The Division saw action at the Bluff, the Battle of the Somme capturing Fricourt after suffering heavy losses, the Arras Offensive, the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendeale) and in 1918 the Battle of St. Quentin, the First Battle of Bapaume, the Battle of Amiens before Corporal C.H. Lowson met his death and the Battle of Albert following it.  At the Battle of Amiens, the Division operated alongside the Australian Corps as part of the British Fourth Army under Henry Rawlinson.  The Battle of Amiens was described by First Quartermaster-General Ludendorff as, “The Black Day of the German Army.”  The material losses and ground lost would not seem to justify such a gloomy summary but he was referring to the mass surrender of German troops to Allied forces.  It was the turning point of the war – the beginning of the end.

The Battalion War Diary has not been researched therefore the exact circumstances of his death remain unknown.  However, since Corporal C. H. Lowson died 15 August 1918 after the Battle of Amiens 8 to 11 August and before the next action, the Battle of Albert 21 to 23 August, it is assumed that he was wounded during the defence of Amiens and died in hospital.  There were Casualty Clearing Stations in the area.  One other soldier of the 7/Lincolns died of wounds on the same day, 38017 Private J.H. Tomlinson, a Derbyshire man.[7]

Burial

Corporal C. H. Lowson is buried at grave reference IV.B 29, Daours Communal Cemetery Extension.  Daours is a village about 10 kilometres east of Amiens, located in the region of the Somme, France.  In August 1918, the casualty clearing stations were in the near vicinity and in September 1918 the cemetery was closed.  There are 1,231 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery.  [8]

Commemoration

Family headstone in West Auckland Cemetery: [9]

The headstone reads:

“In loving memory of Richard beloved husband of Maria Lowson who died 7 Dec 1918 aged 54 yrs.  Also Charles Henry dearly beloved and only son of the above who fell in action in France 15 Aug 1918 aged 30 yrs.  Deeply lamented.”

References

[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] 1901 census

[3] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[4] Medal Roll index card

[5] www.1914-1918.net/lincolns.htm

[6] http://www.1914-1918.net/17div.htm

[7] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[8] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[9] “West Auckland Cemetery: Monumental Inscriptions” Cleveland, N. Yorks. & S. Durham Family History Society compiled by Carol A. McLee

Photographs

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