John Arnold LOWE
Rank: Private
Number: 44142
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 22 September 1917
Age: 35
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

John was born in Hyde, the son of John and Ann Lowe. In 1901, at the time of the Census, he was living in Denton and working as grocer's assistant.

In 1906, he married Florence Pennington Harding , at St Elizabeth's Church, Reddish. They lived locally, with their two sons, at 6 Tindall Street, North Reddish. John was also working locally - at the South Reddish branch of the Stockport Co-operative Society.

He enlisted into the army on 7 June 1916 and would have gone overseas later in the year. On the day he was killed, the Battalion's war Diary makes no mention of casualties, only recording that the they were relieved from positions at Spoil Bank. This was about 5 kilometres south of the Belgian town of Ypres (now Ieper), along the Ypres-Comines Canal. It cannot now be known what happened to John. The times of reliefs were often anticipated by the enemy who would shell the positions in the hope of catching the troops away from the safety of their dug-outs. It is equally possible that, in moving along the narrow trackways in the dark, Charles fell into a water and mud filled shellhole and drowned. Both were common occurrences and would account for the fact he has no known grave.

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