George LOWE
Rank: Private
Number: 202070
Unit: 2/5th Battalion MANCHESTER REGIMENT
Date of Death: 14 June 1917
Age: 19
Cemetery: Cambrin Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

George lived at 18 Nicholson Street, Heaton Norris with his parents, brothers and sister. He worked as an apprentice mechanic for Henry Pearson & Son Ltd, Square Mill, Chestergate. In his spare time, he was assistant scoutmaster of the 6th Stockport troop at Christ Church.

He will have been conscripted into the army when he became 18 and is thought to have undertaken his basic training in the UK with the Machine Gun Corps. His inscription on the Stockport War Memorial is amongst those who served with the Corps but his medal entitlement records at the National Archives confirm that he never served abroad with it. He was, no doubt, transferred to the Manchesters just before going overseas and was probably with the Battalion when it first went on active service in March 1917. The Battalion was, no doubt, of specialist machine gunners for its Lewis Gun Team.

George was killed, most probably by enemy shellfire, during a normal tour of duty in the front line trenches near the village of Cambrin, some 10 kilometres east of the town of Bethune. He was the only man to be killed on a day when the Battalion's War Diary described it's activities only as "normal trench routine".

The Captain commanding his Company wrote to the family - "I cannot say how deeply the whole Company sympathise with you in your terrible loss. Your son was a soldier of the kind we cannot do without for besides being a good gunner he was always cheerful and never knew what fear was - truly a splendid fellow and I am glad as his Company Commander to have the chance of saying so. It will be a relief to you that your son was killed instantly and that he had a proper burial and a soldier's grave."

Three of George's brothers are known to have served during the War; one being taken prisoner by the Germans. They are thought to have survived.

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