Biography

Birth date: 02 August 1896
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Myrtleford
Death date: 15 December 1945
Death place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Myrtleford
Final rank: Sergeant
Service number: 2358 - First World War, 1914-1918
Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion

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.

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Rolls and Awards

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 29 September 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Military Medal
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Recommended for: Military Medal
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
  • Awarded: Victoria Cross
  • Unit: 21st Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

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Timeline

Date of birth 1896-08-02
Date of embarkation 1915-09-29
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-09-15
Awarded Victoria Cross 1918-09-01 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 1918-09-13
Date of death 1945-12-15