Samuel Thomas Lowth
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|Date of Birth||13 May 1894|
|Place of Birth||Wakefield, Yorkshire, England|
|Death||11 Nov 1953, aged 59|
|Place of Death||Bunbury, Western Australia|
|Age at Enlistment||22 years, 1 month|
5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 126lbs|
57.153 kg; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair ; mole on right shoulder
|Address||Station street, East Cannington, Western Australia|
|Next of Kin||Father , Mr William Adam Lowth|
|Date of Enlistment||3 Jul 1916|
|Unit/Formation||16th Battalion, 22nd Reinforcement|
|Date of Embarkation||9 Nov 1916 ‒ 10 Jan 1917|
|Ship Embarked On||HMAT A8 Argyllshire - Convoy 26|
|Date of Return||20 Aug 1918 ‒ 28 Sep 1918|
|Ship Returned On||SS Carpentaria boarded 8 Aug 1918|
Wounded in Action 26 Sep 1917 Polygon Wood |
Returned to Australia
|Monument||Canning Honour Roll|
British War Medal |
Electoral Roll entry: 1916 Station street, East Cannington, pastry cook.
Sam entered Blackboy Hill camp on 3 Jul 1916 and at the end of the month he was assigned to the 23rd reinforcement draft for the 16th Battalion. On 4 Sep 1916 this changed to the 22nd draft. They shipped out for the UK aboard HMAT A8 Argyllshire departing Fremantle on 9 Nov 1916 and they disembarked at Devonport on 10 Jan 1917. On arrival Samuel was sent to the 4th Training Battalion at Codford, where soon after, he was charged with overstaying leave from midnight on 2 Feb 1917 until 8:00pm on 6 Feb 1917. Awarded 96 hours detention and forfeiture of 8 day's pay. On 3 May 1917 he proceeded overseas to France from Folkestone and on 7 May 1917 he was taken on strength by the 16th Battalion who at that time were in Ribemont, France recovering and training new personnel after sustaining very heavy losses in the 1st Battle of Bullecourt during April.
On 26 Sep 1917 the battalion participated in the battle to capture Polygon Wood, and succeeded with few casualties until after they had commenced to dig in at their objective. Sam received a wound to his face and left eye, and was treated by the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station on the same day, and on the next day he was admitted to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen. On 8 Oct 1917 he was transferred to England where he entered the 1st London General Hospital at Camberwell on 9 Oct 1917. A lengthy stay in hospital ended when he was released to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital on 1 Feb 1918, where he was granted furlough from 7 - 21 Feb 1918. On his return he reported to No.2 Command Depot in Weymouth to prepare for a return home. Samuel sailed for Australia aboard SS Carpentaria, which departed 20 Aug 1918 and arrived in Fremantle on 28 Sep 1918. He was discharged by the 5th Military District on 18 Oct 1918 as medically unfit.
Wife was Lucy Doris (1899 - 28 Sep 1984)
Electoral Roll entries: 1921 - 1931 at Cannington terrace, East Cannington, pastry cook; 1936 - 1937 (joined by Lucy) Edward street, East Cannington, farmer; 1943 at 8 Gibson street, Bunbury, pastry cook; 1949 Caves road, Dunsborough, baker.