Cyril Lowth MM
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National Bank of Australasia - Record of War Service
|Date of Birth||30 Sep 1895|
|Place of Birth||Parkgate, Yorkshire, England|
|Death||10 Aug 1980, aged 84|
|Place of Death||Como, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||19 years, 5 months|
5'7¼" (1.71m) tall ; 145lbs|
65.771 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; dark brown hair
|Address||Station street, East Cannington|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr William Adam Lowth|
|Date of Enlistment||15 Mar 1915|
|Unit/Formation||1st Divisional Ammunition Column, 5th Reinforcement, transferred to 3rd Field Artillery Brigade.|
|Date of Embarkation||26 Apr 1915|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A20 Hororata|
|Date of Return||4 Jun 1919 ‒ 16 Jul 1919|
|Ship Returned On||SS Bremen Disembarked 18 Jul 1919|
|Fate||Returned to Australia|
Canning Honour Roll |
National Bank of Australasia
Military Medal |
British War Medal
At time of enlistment was a Bombardier in Artillery militia unit. Cyril had emigrated to Australia through Liverpool on the SS Belgic, arriving in Fremantle on 22 Nov 1912 with his mother and four siblings, described on the ship's manifest as a scholar, aged 16.
Entered camp on 15 Mar 1915, and on 20 Apr 1915 he was allocated to the 5th reinforcement draft for the Divisional Ammunition Column, and travelled with them to Egypt. On 6 Sep 1915 Cyril was transferred to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade and posted to the 8th Battery at Gallipoli on 22 Nov 1915. Along with his unit he returned to Alexandria on 26 Dec 1915 aboard HMT Caledonia.
On 23 Mar 1916 Cyril was one of the first Australians to embark in Alexandria for Marseilles in France, arriving there on 29 Mar 1916. In France on 20 Nov 1916 he was ill enough to require treatment from the 14th Casualty Clearing Station, and then to be conveyed on Ambulance Train No.24 to the 5th General Hospital on 24 Nov 1916, rejoining his battery on 7 Dec 1916.
On 28 Jun 1917 he was recommended for the Military Medal (Awarded 16 Aug 1917), and on 26 Sep 1917 he was granted leave in the UK. Returning to Belgium on 10 Oct 1917, on 22 Nov 1917 Cyril was promoted to Temporary Bombardier.
On 4 Jan 1918 Cyril was detached to the 2nd Army Signals School, and promoted Bombardier on 26 Jan 1918. He rejoined his battery on 17 Feb 1918, before being granted leave in Paris from 6 - 12 Mar 1918. Soon after his return Cyril was promoted Temporary Sergeant on 17 Mar 1918. He enjoyed another leave in the UK from 18 Oct - 1 Nov 1918 and had his rank of Sergeant confirmed on 17 Mar 1919.
Discharged by the 5th Military District on 14 Sep 1919.
Text of recommendation not yet found.
Resumed employment with the National Bank of Australasia on 26 Aug 1919.
Wife - Marriage possibly in NSW - Esther Florence, who died 25 Aug 1983, aged 87 in Como.
Electoral Roll entries: 1930 - 1931 at 'Sassafras" Homer street, Earlwood, NSW, bank official; 1933 at 57 Earlwood avenue, Earlwood, NSW (with Esther Florence); 1943 at 22 Blakesley street, Chatswood, NSW, bank manager, 1949 National Bank Kulin, bank manager; 1954 at 64 Elizabeth street, North Perth; 1962 - 1977 at 7 Amery street, South Perth, retired; In 1980 Esther still at 7 Amery street, while Cyril is at 29 Gardner street, South Perth.
- Commonwealth Gazette No 219, dated 20 Dec 1917 page 3377, position 125.
- London Gazette No 30234 dated 16 Aug 1917, page 8427, position 126