Albert David (Alby) 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: Myrtleford State School, Victoria, Australia,
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

5 Jul 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Sergeant, SN V8081
10 Aug 1944: Discharged Sergeant, SN V8081, 2/8 Training Battalion

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Biography contributed by Steve Larkins

Albert David LOWERSON, VC

by Anthony Staunton

 

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.

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