Thomas Lowery, Thomas Lowery and John Lowery

Thomas Lowery was born 1894 at Byers Green, Co. Durham. His parents were Thomas Lowery and Elizabeth Dawson.

In the 1911 census the family were at 3, Busty Terrace, Byers Green Colliery. Thomas was working as a coal miner/putter.

Thomas enlisted September 3, 1914 at Bishop Auckland Town Hall.

His first unit was the Durham Light Infantry. When he married Alice Ann Waterworth in 1915 he was in the 7th Battalion, Border Regiment. He was attached to two more regiments before August 1915: The Royal Garrison Artillery and The King's (Liverpool) Regiment.

August 3, 1915 Thomas joined The King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment which fought at the Battle of the Somme. Thomas was wounded in the battle.

Thomas fought at the Battle of Pilkem Ridge, July 31, 1917 and at the Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, September 20, 1917.

Thomas then fought in the Battle of Cambrai November 20, 1917, where he was captured and spent the rest of the war as a prisoner. He escaped November 5, 1918, 6 days before the end of the war.

Thomas Lowery is the grandfather of Bill Lowery of Newton Aycliffe, who has given the photographs and information.

Thomas Lowery WW1

Thomas Lowery, stood 1st right, ARP warden WW2, wearing his WW1 jacket.

3 soldiers WW1, friends of Thomas Lowery

3 friends of Thomas Lowery


Thomas Lowery 2nd Lieutenant WW1

Thomas Lowery, cousin of Thomas above.

Thomas Lowery, 2nd Lieutenant, 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, D.C.M.

Thomas was born 1892, son of John A. Lowery and Catherine Redhead.

Wife: May Barrett, living at 7, Wylam Terrace, Shield Row, West Stanley, Co. Durham.

Thomas enlisted February 1915. He was wounded at the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916.

Thomas was killed August 3, 1917, age 25. He is buried in Croiselles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, Grave I. B.23.


John Lowery WW1

John Lowery

John Lowery, born 1861 at Kibblesworth, Co. Durham. He was the father of Thomas Lowery of the Durham Light Infantry. John died in July, 1917, and his funeral on July 21, 1917 was well attended, with a glowing obituary in the County Chronicle.

John's family were still in mourning when the news was received of Thomas' death, which was reported in the County Chronicle.