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Claude Harold LOWE

Regimental number1705
Place of birthGeelong, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGrocer
Address27 Bloomsbury Street, Chilwell, Geelong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 8.5"
Weight140 lbs
Next of kinFather, A Lowe, 27 Bloomsbury Street, Chilwell, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets for 3 years.
Enlistment date26 March 1915
Place of enlistmentBroadmeadows, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, 4th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 14 April 1915
Regimental number from Nominal Roll1613
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 March 1918
Discharge date26 August 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 526 Corporal Albert Ernest LOWE, 31st Bn, returned to Australia, 8 May 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 13 April 1915.

Joined Bn at Gallipoli, 26 May 1915.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 26 June 1915 (diarrhoea); rejoined unit same day.

Wounded in action, 7 August 1915 (shock), and admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance Dressing Station; rejoined unit, 9 August 1915.

Disembarked Alexandria, 7 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 31 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 25 July 1916 (sprained left ankle); admitted to 1st Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 26 July 1916; tranmsferred to Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 27 July 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 25 August 1916.

Admitted to New Zealand Stationary Hospital, Amiens, 30 November 1916 (bronchitis); transferred to Ambulance Train No 5, 4 December 1916, and admitted to 8th General Hospital, Rouen. Transferred to England, 9 December 1916, and admitted to 3rd Southern General Hospital, 11 December 1916 (debility: slight). Transferred to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 22 January 1917; discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 29 January 1917.

Marched into No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 22 March 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 19 April 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 10 May 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Division Rest Station, 23 October 1917 (debility), and transferred same day to 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station; to 7th Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, 24 October 1917; to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 9 November 1917; to 1st Australian Division Base Depot, Havre, 16 November 1917.

Transferred to England, 19 December 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Durham Castle', 10 March 1918; discharged, Melbourne, 26 August 1918 (medically unfit: chronic bronchitis).

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 March 1939
Place of burialPreston Cemetery
SourcesNAA: B2455, LOWE Claude Harold

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