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Herbert Newton LOWE

Regimental number11024
Place of birthClifton Hill Victoria
ReligionMethodist
OccupationClerk
Address47 Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs Fanny Matilda Lowe, 47 Heidelberg Road, Clifton Hill, Victoria
Previous military service55th Infantry
Enlistment date21 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameDivisional Signal Company 3, Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/13/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A11 Ascanius on 27 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSapper
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Divisional Signal Company
FateReturned to Australia 27 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'On the 11th/12th August, 1918, during operations on the SOMME, near PROYART, this man, just previous to the attack showed great devotion to duty in laying and maintaining alternative routes up to the front line, and after the attack had commenced he acted as linesmen, and throughout the operation, during which the lines were cut on several occasions, he went out under heavy shell and machine gun fire and repair the lines thereby enabling communication to be maintained and valuable information reaching Headquarters without delay. His splendid example inspired his comrades to volunteer to continue this most important work should he become a casualty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61
Date: 23 May 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death22 October 1962
Place of burialBoxhill Cemetery

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