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Albert Ernest LOWE

Regimental number526
Date of birth21 March 1887
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
SchoolChilwell State School, Geelong, Victoria
OccupationSoap packer
Address27 Bloomsbury Street, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation28
Height5' 4"
Weight131 lbs
Next of kinFather, Albert Lowe, 27 Bloomsbury Street, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date16 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name31st Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/48/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A62 Wandilla on 9 November 1915
Two ships left from Melbourne carrying the 31st Battalion Headquarters and Companies A, B, C and D: HMAT A62, 'Wandilla', on 9 November 1915 and HMAT A41, 'Bakara', on 5 November 1915. It is not possible from the Embarkation Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll31st Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Age at deathNAA B2455 file 8212108
Discharge date15 August 1919
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1705 Pte Claude Harold LOWE, 8th Bn, returned to Australia, 10 March 1918; Brother-in-law: 11 Staff Sergeant Henry Harrison Edward SWAN, Administrative Headquarters, effective abroad; (1st) Cousin's husband: 7200 Pte Percival John BOYLE, 5th Bn, died of wounds, 24 September 1918.
Other details

War service: disembarked Suez, 7 December 1915.

Embarked from Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Wounded in action, 20 July 1916 (gun shot wound, neck); rejoined Bn, 30 October 1916.

On leave to England, 16 January 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 6 February 1917.

Admitted to 8th Australian Field Ambulance, 9 April 1917 (septic leg); rejoined unit, 30 April 1917.

Appointed Lance Corporal, 11 June 1917.

Proceeded to 8th Training Bn and placed on supernumerary list, 28 September 1917. Promoted Corporal, 1 October 1917. Retransferred to 31st Bn, and proceeded overseas to France, 1 May 1918. Promoted Temporary Sergeant, 15 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board 'Devanah', 8 May 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 23 June 1919; discharged, 15 August 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death23 May 1963
Age at death76
Place of burialCremated: Springvale Crematorium, Victoria

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