Lowe, Richard Conway


He was the son of Conway and Marion Lowe of Edgbaston and came to College from Colet House School at Rhyl, being placed second on the Roll. He was a Prefect from 1912 to 1913, stood on Dress for College XV and was captain of Wimbledon VIII in his last year. He later shot for Oxford University. He was elected to a Classical Scholarship at Christ Church in 1913.

One year into his degree course, on the outbreak of war, he enlisted in the Warwickshire Regiment, receiving his commission a few weeks later. He went to the front in April 1915, was twice wounded that year and in January 1916, was awarded the M.C. for carrying a wounded man to safety across the open under fire, when he himself had already been hit. The citation read as follows: “For conspicuous gallantry on November 4th 1915, in France. When directing a working party in front of the parapet, the Germans opened fire and wounded a man of the covering party. Second Lieutenant Lowe and a Sergeant rushed to his aid, and although the Sergeant was grazed by a bullet and Second Lieutenant Lowe shot in the thigh, the bullet being subsequently found in the wound, they carried the wounded man across the open and through the wire into a place of safety. Second Lieutenant Lowe had previously been wounded and had been brought to notice for excellent work at the front”. He was sent home after this injury and in January 1916 was personally presented with his M.C. by the King. He returned to France in April. He was killed in action between Thiepval and Ovillers on August 18th 1916.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Lowe
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Conway
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1908-1913
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Warwickshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 12th July 1894
  • Date of Death: 18th August 1916
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer E4
  • Decoration: M.C.
  • Burial Site: POZIERES BRITISH CEMETERY, OVILLERS-LA-BOISELLE: Grave IV.A.36