Sergeant Albert David Lowerson

Service number 2358, V8081
Ranks Held Lance Corporal, Private, Sergeant
Birth Date 1896-08-02
Birth Place Australia: Victoria, Myrtleford
Death Date 1945-12-15
Death Place Australia: Victoria, Myrtleford
Final Rank Sergeant
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
Place Myrtleford
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Biographical information They dared mightily. in 1963
Published in London Gazette in 1918-12-14
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-05-23

Alby Lowerson (1896-945) was born at Myrtleford, Victoria, and had been dredging for gold at Adelong, New South Wales, before enlisting in July 1915. He was wounded at Pozières, where his bravery was noted. He was wounded again at Bullecourt in May 1917.

At Mont St Quentin Lowerson was cited for his "conspicuous bravery and tactical skill". His bold actions included bombing a German strongpoint which was holding up the attack. With a small team he inflicted heavy casualties on the enemy and captured 12 machine-guns and 30 prisoners. Badly wounded in the thigh, he refused to leave his position until the prisoners had been sent to the rear, and the post had been consolidated.

Lowerson was wounded on a fourth occasion in October and finally invalided home. He served again in Australia during the Second World War. After his discharge he returned to Myrtleford, where he died.

Lowerson was awarded the Victoria Cross, service medals for the First and Second World Wars and the King George VI Coronation Medal.



Date of birth 02 August 1896
Date of enlistment 12 July 1915
Date of embarkation 29 September 1915
Date of recommendation honour or award 15 September 1916
Awarded Victoria Cross 01 September 1918 For action at Mont St Quentin, north of Peronne, France whilst serving with 21 Battalion, 6 Brigade, 2 Division as a Sergeant
Date of recommendation honour or award 13 September 1918
Date returned to Australia 01 April 1919
Date of death 15 December 1945