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He was the son of John and Sarah Lowe. One of his brothers, Private Alonza (served as Albert) Lowe, 2/7th Battalion Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Regiment (Robin Hood Rifles), died of wounds on 9th December 1917. He was buried in St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. Tom was the husband of Mary Matilda Lowe and the father of Evelyn Lowe. In 1911 they lived with Mary's family at 3 William Street, York Street, Glasshouse Street and later at 8 Clarence Terrace (both Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a wooden case maker.
03 Aug 1918
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Nottingham
Shoeing Smith
Royal Field Artillery
34th Division Ammunition Column. He drowned when HMS Warilda, an ambulance transport ship, was torpedoed by German submarine UC-49 while on passage from Le Havre to Southampton with over 600 casualties. His body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial Southampton. HMAT Warilda (His Majesty's Australian Transport) was a 7713-ton vessel, built by William Beardmore and Company in Glasgow as the SS Warilda for the Adelaide Steamship Company. She was designed for the East-West Australian coastal service, but following the start of the First World War, became a troopship and in 1916, she was converted into a hospital ship. On 3 August 1918, she was transporting wounded soldiers from Le Havre to Southampton when she was torpedoed by the German submarine UC-49.This was despite being marked clearly with the Red Cross; as with a number of other hospital ships torpedoed during the war, Germany claimed the ships were also carrying arms.The ship sank in about two hours, and of the 801 persons on board,123 people were sent to their deaths when the Warilda sank. The Deputy Chief Controller of the Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps, Mrs Violet Long, lost her life in this action. Amongst the survivors was her commander, Captain Sim, who was later awarded the OBE by King George V. (Wikipedia)
Nottingham Evening Post 12/3/1919 courtesy of Jim Grundy and his facebook pages Small Town Great War Hucknall 1914-1918 “LOWE. – Reported missing, believed drowned August 3rd, 1918, on H.M.S. Warilda, now reported drowned on that date, S/S. Tom Lowe, R.F.A., the beloved husband of Pollie Lowe, 8 Clarence-Terrace. Shattered hopes. – From his ever-loving wife and three children. “LOWE. – Reported missing, believed drowned August ...3rd, 1918, now reported drowned on that date. Tom, the beloved son of Mrs. Lowe. – From his loving mother, sisters, and brothers, and Aunt Harriet. “LOWE. – Reported missing, believed drowned August 3rd, 1918, now reported drowned on that date. – From [illegible] and George, Martha and Walter, sisters & brothers-in-law.” Another Nottingham man, Private Albert Buck, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, also died in SS Warilda and is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial. (Nottingham St Mary memorial) Navy News, September 2018 (p35), extract: ‘WW1 Tragedy Recalled’: ‘Lt Mark Rooke from HMS Sultan sounds the Last Post while Stuart Rivers of the Sailors’ Society lowers the flag to mark the centenary of one of Southampton’s greates maritime tragedies [photograph], Despite clearly being marked with the Red Cross, the ambulance transport ship Warilda was torpedoed by a U-boat mid-Channel as she carried 614 casualties home from the Western Front for convalescence in the UK in the small hours of August 3 1918 … the torpedo blast wrecked one of Warilda’s propellers and jammed/destroyed her steering gear. As a result, the ship sailed around in circles for about 2 hours at 15 knots – making it extremely difficult to launch the lifeboats or for her escorts to come alongside and take people off. Among the most prominent victims was violet Long, Deputy Chief Controller of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps … Most of the wounded, nursing staff and crew were rescued and subsequently landed in Southampton – Warilda’s original destination on her voyage from Le Havre … The Warilda was originally built for carrying passengers on the UK-Australia run. First she was converted to a troopship to ferry Anzacs to Gallipoli and, later, France, then she became a hospital/ambulance transport between Southampton and Le Havre … UC-49, the submarine which fired the fatal torpedo, she was depth charged to destruction five days later. All hands were lost.’Navy News, September 2018 (p35), extract: ‘WW1 Tragedy Recalled’: ‘Lt Mark Rooke from HMS Sultan sounds the Last Post while Stuart Rivers of the Sailors’ Society lowers the flag to mark the centenary of one of Southampton’s greates maritime tragedies [photograph], Despite clearly being marked with the Red Cross, the ambulance transport ship Warilda was torpedoed by a U-boat mid-Channel as she carried 614 casualties home from the Western Front for convalescence in the UK in the small hours of August 3 1918 … the torpedo blast wrecked one of Warilda’s propellers and jammed/destroyed her steering gear. As a result, the ship sailed around in circles for about 2 hours at 15 knots – making it extremely difficult to launch the lifeboats or for her escorts to come alongside and take people off. Among the most prominent victims was violet Long, Deputy Chief Controller of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps … Most of the wounded, nursing staff and crew were rescued and subsequently landed in Southampton – Warilda’s original destination on her voyage from Le Havre … The Warilda was originally built for carrying passengers on the UK-Australia run. First she was converted to a troopship to ferry Anzacs to Gallipoli and, later, France, then she became a hospital/ambulance transport between Southampton and Le Havre … UC-49, the submarine which fired the fatal torpedo, she was depth charged to destruction five days later. All hands were lost.’
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