Albert David LOWERSON VC

LOWERSON, Albert David

Service Numbers: 2358, V8081
Enlisted: 16 July 1915
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 2/8 Training Battalion
Born: Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, 2 August 1896
Home Town: Adelong, Tumut Shire, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Prospector
Died: Leukaemia , Myrtleford, Victoria, Australia, 15 December 1945, aged 49 years
Cemetery: Myrtleford Cemetery, Victoria
Memorials: Albert Lowerson VC Memorial, Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, Myrtleford A D Lowerson VC Memorial Square, Myrtleford War Memorial, North Bondi War Memorial, Winchelsea WWI Memorial
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion
29 Sep 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '13' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Osterley embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
4 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
26 Aug 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, Mouquet Farm
1 Nov 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 21st Infantry Battalion
3 May 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second), 2nd time wounded
3 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, Bullecourt (Second)
8 Aug 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, "The Last Hundred Days"
2 Sep 1918: Honoured Victoria Cross, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, For actions on the summit of Mont St Quentin
2 Sep 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, Mont St Quentin / Peronne, Returned to duty 17 September 1918
5 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 2358, 21st Infantry Battalion, Montbrehain

World War 2 Service

10 Aug 1944: Discharged Sergeant, SN V8081, 2/8 Training Battalion

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Next of kin Father, Harry Lowerson, Myrtleford, Victoria

Recommendations: Military Medal for "Gallant and skilful work on patrol throughout the operations of the Brigade at Armentieres and Pozieres."
Recommendation date: 15 September 1916

Awarded the Victoria Cross

"For most conspicuous bravery and tactical skill on the 1st September, 1918, during the attack on Mt. St. Quentin, north of Peronne, when very strong opposition was met with early in the attack, and every foot of ground was stubbornly contested by the enemy. Regardless of heavy enemy machine gun fire, Sergeant Lowerson moved about fearlessly directing his men, encouraging them to still greater effort, and finally led them on to the objective. On reaching the objective he saw that the left attacking party was held up by an enemy strong post heavily manned with twelve machine guns. Under the heaviest sniping and machine gun fire, Sergeant Lowerson rallied seven men as a storming party, and directing them to attack the flanks of the post, rushed the strong point, and, by effective bombing, captured it, together with twelve machine guns and thirty prisoners. Though severely wounded in the right thigh, he refused to leave the front line until the prisoners had been disposed of, and the organization and consolidation of the post had been thoroughly completed. Throughout a week of operations, his leadership and example had a continual influence on the men serving under him, whilst his prompt and effective action at a critical juncture allowed the forward movement to be carried on without delay, thus ensuring the success of the attack."

Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 61

Date: 23 May 1919
Other Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in World War II. Enlisted Melbourne, 5 July 1940, as V8081; discharged, 10 August 1944, as Sergeant, 2/8 Training Bn.


Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Albert David LOWERSON, VC

From the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Albert David (Alby) Lowerson (1896-1945), soldier and farmer, was born on 2 August 1896 at Myrtleford, Victoria, sixth child of English-born Henry Lowerson, engine driver and later farmer, and his Victorian wife Mary Jane, née McMaster. Alby Lowerson had been dredging for gold at Adelong, New South Wales, before enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force in Melbourne on 16 July 1915; he was allotted to the 5th Reinforcements of the 21st Battalion which embarked in September.

Lowerson joined his unit on 7 January 1916 and accompanied it to France in March. After a period in the quiet Armentières sector he entered the battle of the Somme, seeing heavy fighting for Pozières Heights from 25 July to 7 August. Two weeks later he was back in the front lines near Mouquet Farm where he was wounded on 26 August. He rejoined the battalion a month later and was promoted corporal on 1 November. Promoted temporary sergeant on 11 April 1917, he was again wounded during the 2nd battle of Bullecourt on 3 May. It was six months before he rejoined his unit as sergeant on 1 November. In the final allied advance in 1918 he distinguished himself on 27 August at Virgin Wood and on 28 August at Herbécourt.

Lowerson won the Victoria Cross on 1 September during the capture of Mont St Quentin. He was cited for his leadership and courage during the battle, particularly for his effective bombing of the strong point which was the centre of stern resistance: a huge crater from which machine-guns fired and stick-bombs were hurled. He inflicted heavy casualties on the Germans and captured twelve machine-guns and thirty prisoners. Although wounded in the thigh he refused to withdraw until the prisoners had been sent to the rear and the posts of his men had been organized and consolidated. He then refused to leave the battalion for two days until evacuated because of his wound. He resumed duty on 17 September in time to participate in the last Australian infantry action of the war, at Montbrehain on 5 October where he was wounded for the fourth time. He received the Victoria Cross from King George V at Buckingham Palace on 1 March 1919; a month later he embarked for Australia and was discharged on 8 July.

Between the wars Lowerson was a dairy and tobacco farmer on a Victorian soldier settlement block. He named his property, on Merriang estate near Myrtleford, St Quentin. He married Edith Larkins at St Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne, on 1 February 1930. Re-enlisting on 5 July 1940, he served as a sergeant in various training units throughout Australia until discharged in 1944. Survived by his wife and daughter, he died of leukaemia at Myrtleford on 15 December 1945 and was buried there after a Methodist service. A memorial headstone was unveiled in 1949 and local returned servicemen make an annual pilgrimage to the grave. Myrtleford in 1966 named the A. D. Lowerson Memorial Swimming Pool in his honour.


Anthony Staunton, 'Lowerson, Albert David (Alby) (1896–1945)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1986, accessed online 18 November 2018.

This article was first published in hardcopy in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, (MUP), 1986