Samuel Thomas Lowth

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Samuel Thomas Lowth
Personal Information
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
Description 5'4" (1.63m) tall ; 126lbs
57.153 kg
; fresh complexion ; brown eyes ; brown hair ; mole on right shoulder
Occupation Pastrycook
Religion Methodist
Address Station street, East Cannington, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr William Adam Lowth
Military Information
Reg Number 6789
Date of Enlistment 3 Jul 1916
Rank Private
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
Fate Wounded in Action 26 Sep 1917 Polygon Wood
Returned to Australia
Monument Canning Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry: 1916 Station street, East Cannington, pastry cook.

War Service

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.

Post War

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.


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