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He transferred to the Monmouthshire Regiment on July 30th, 1916 before embarking for France in early August. His military records show a hospital stay in May 1917 and a leave to the UK. In November of that year, when he was reported as looking fit and well.

In April 1918 he was initially reported missing with notification to the family being reported in the local paper in July. An entry in the December edition of the parish magazine stated he was still listed

Private Albert Edward Lowe

Monmouthshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion, service no. 267495

Killed in Action in Belgium, April 12th, 1918, aged 21

Commemorated at the Ploegsteert Memorial, Hainault,



At the date of his death the 2nd Monmouthshire were serving as part of the 29th Division in the Battles of the Lys, which were fought in the Ypres Salient in response to the German Spring Offensive. In particular, on April 12th the 29th Division were at the start of the Battle of Hazebrouck, and fought in the defence of Nieppe Forest.

In 1920 his parents and eight siblings are still alive with most of them listed as still living at Newgate Street and in 1921 his father received his memorial scroll and plaque, with his medals being issued in 1922.

Albert, known as Bertie, was born in 1895, the son of Thomas and Alice Lowe of 16, Newgate Street, Llanfaes, Brecon. In 1901 Thomas was working as a railway drayman

and Albert, 5 was the second youngest of six children living at home. Whilst the parents, with younger brother Charlie and three new siblings continued to live in Newgate Street in 1911, the other children had left home including Bertie who was working as a cow boy for the Morgan family at Ty Uchaf, Trawscoed, near Felinfach.

Bertie joined the Territorial Force at Brecon on November 6th, 1914 when aged 20 years, and listed his occupation as farmer.