Lowson, Courtenay Patrick Flowerdew

Elder son of James Gray Flowerdew Lowson, a member of the King’s Bodyguard for Scotland, of Edinburgh and of Quarwood, Stow-on-the-Wold. His mother was Adelaide Lowson, daughter of Colonel Courtenay Harvey Saltren Scott. He entered Mr. Aris’ House (Moberly’s) from Mr. Caldwell’s school at Boxgrove, near Guildford. He had intended to go to Christ Church, Oxford, but on leaving Winchester passed straight to Sandhurst (where he became an “Under-Officer”) and was gazetted to a battalion of the Rifle Brigade.

He was attached to the Royal Flying Corps immediately afterwards, proceeding to the front as an observer in March 1916, and during the months following carried out much photographic work, including photographing the Somme. He obtained a pilot’s certificate later on, and for the next six months served as an instructor with 81 Squadron based at Scampton in Lincolnshire.

He was killed whilst flying on November 3rd, 1917, his Avro 504J coming into collision with that of another member of 81 Squadron. His ashes lie in Kinfauns Parish Church, Perthshire. Originally interred in the family vault, in 1926 they were removed and placed in the church wall, behind a tablet in his memory.

He was a good horseman, having passed the Calvary School Course at Tidworth, and hunted with the Warwickshire Hounds; and was also much interested in mechanics.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Lowson
  • Forenames or initials: Courtenay Patrick Flowerdew
  • House: B
  • Years in School: 1910-1915
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Royal Flying Corps
  • Date of Birth: 4th April 1897
  • Date of Death: 3rd November 1917
  • How Died: Killed in flying accident
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer F5
  • Decoration: NA