William LOWE
Rank: Private
Number: 8605
Unit: 2nd Dragoons (Royal Scots Greys)
Date of Death: 29 January 1915
Age: 20
Cemetery: Stockport Borough Cemetery

Willie Lowe was born in Stockport about 1896. His parents, Ralph and Sarah, were in their mid-30s when he was born. In 1901, when the national census was taken, the family was living at 55 Norris Street, Stockport. Ralph (then aged 39) was employed as a labourer by a local coal merchant and Sarah (38) added to the family income working as a charwoman. Willie had an older sister - Hilda, then 8 and a younger one, 3 year old Ethel. Also in the house were three step-children of Ralph's - Mary (25), Minnie (21) and Thomas (16). It is not clear if these were Sarah's children from a previous relationship but, if they were, then she was clearly under legal age of consent when they were born.

Willie had enlisted into the army just after war was declared in August 1914. He was still training with the Dragoons, at Dunbar barracks, when he suddenly died. The Stockport newspapers did not give a cause of death which was presumed to be from natural causes.  

His body was brought back to Stockport for burial. This will have been at the family's expense. The funeral cortege was escorted by a contingent from the Church Lads Brigade, together with a contingent of Cheshire regiment soldiers, from Stockport Armoury, commanded by Corporal Parkins. A bugler sounded the "Last Post" over the grave.

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