Name:-    Lowson, William Hoy (in CWGC site as Lawson)

Nationality:- Canadian

Age :-    40

Rank:-    Lance Corporal

Number:-   12938

Medal:-

Service:-    Army

Regiment / ship:-   5Bn., Canadian Infantry ( (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Date of death:-    22nd may 1915

Cemetery / Memorial:- Vimy Memorial, France

Area of cemetery / memorial :-

Family information:- Son of the late Thomas and Margaret Lawson, 13, George Street, Coupar Angus, Perthshire, Scotland

Extra information:-

Served with the Royal Scots (Volunteers) in the South African Campaign.

1891 Census

As his father is inscribed as being interred at Barry, Carnoustie, I looked for the family there. 

Miller Street, Barry, Forfarshire

Margaret Lowson, head, 59, housekeeper, b. Barry, Forfarshire

Margaret Lowson, daughter, 23, boot fiteress, b. Barry

George Lowson 19, son, plumber, b. Barry

There is no mention of a husband for Margaret, and she isnít a widow.

I can find no attributed record to William Lowson on the CWGC site.  However, this article did appear in the local paper.

Blairgowrie Advertiser 12th June 1915

"Coupar Angus Soldier Killed in Action"

"On Thursday Mrs. Lowson, George Street, Coupar Angus received notification that her son, Corpl. William Lowson of the Canadian Light Infantry, had been killed in France, and when the sad news spread a feeling of the deepest regret prevailed in the town as the deceased soldier was a general favourite.

Although never in the Regular Army, Corpl. Lowson, who was a born soldier, saw a great deal of war service. In the early stages of the South African War, he joined the Royal Scots as an Active Service Volunteer, and had a hard time with the 1st Contingent of that body.  Returning home for a few months, he rejoined with the 3rd Contingent, and served with this until the conclusion of the War, when he received both the Queen's and King's medal for South Africa with bars.

Some years ago he emigrated to Canada, and was one of the first to enlist in his country's service on the outbreak of the present War.  Coming over to this country with the first great contingent of Canadians, he spent several months training on Salisbury Plain, and was among the first batch of Canadians to be sent to the Front.

No details as to his end are forthcoming, but, being a young man of magnificent physique and fearless temperament, one can imagine him meeting ...(marked filmed)...soldiers death, fighting bravely in ...(marked film)...front of the battle.

Corpl. Lowson was unmarried and the deepest sympathy is felt for his widowed mother and other relatives."

A Military History of Perthshire 1899 - 1902

Here there is mention of William's South African record....

Infantry of the Line, Militia, and Volunteers. The Royal Scots (Lothian Regiment).  Vol. Batt. Served in South Africa War, (1) with 1st Vol. Service Coy., 1900 - 1901; (2) with 3rd Vol. Service Coy., 1902 (Queen's medal, with clasps "Belfast," "Orange Free State," and "Cape Colony"; King's medal, with clasps "South Africa 1901," and "South Africa 1902").

Confermations & Inventories 1914

William Hoy Lowson (his father)

Lowson, Thomas, sometime merchant, Comercial Street, Coupar Angus, afterwards Clerk, George Street there, died 6 September 1893, at Carnoustie, intestate. Eik to Confirmation granted at Perth, 13 january, to Margaret Hoy or Lowson, Milliner, George Street aforesaid, Executrix dative qua relict. Value of Additional Estate £150, 1s.

Original Confirmation granted 31 January 1896. .......

Lowson, Thomas, sometime merchant, Comercial Street, Coupar Angus, afterwards Clerk, George Street there, died 6 September 1893, at Carnoustie, intestate. Eik to Confirmation granted at Perth, 13 january, to Margaret Hoy or Lowson, Milliner, George Street aforesaid, Executrix dative qua relict. Value of Estate £230, 11s.

The value of the Estate in 2006 using average earnings ratio would have been,  in 1914 £52,025.53p, and in 1896 £101,682.57p

Coupar Angus Churchyard

 

 

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