Captain Richard Conway LOWE MC
1/6th Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Date of birth: 12 July 1894
Date of death: 18 August 1916
Killed in action aged 22
Buried at Pozieres British Cemetery, Ovillers-la-Boisselle.
Richard Conway was born in Edgbaston, Birmingham the son of Conway Lowe, merchant and brass founder, and his wife, Marian Todd. He had two sisters.
Richard was educated at Colet House, Rhyl, and was a Scholar at Winchester. He was an excellent shot, Captain of the Winchester VIII in 1913, and shooting at Bisley. He came up to Christ Church in 1913 as a Scholar, intending to take Holy Orders. He was a member of the University Shooting VIII in 1914.
At the outbreak of war Richard obtained a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment. He was promoted Lieutenant in the following April and Captain in March 1916. Stationed in France and Flanders from April 1915, he was wounded in June whilst on patrol duty, and again in November, when he was invalided home.
He was awarded the Military Cross on 18 November 1915, “For Conspicuous gallantry 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 subsequently being 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, also, Mentioned in Despatches on 1 January 1916 by Field Marshal Sir John French for gallant and distinguished service in the field.
He returned to France in April 1916, taking part in the early part of the Battle of the Somme. He was killed near Thiepval on 18 August 1916 whilst leading his company in the face of terrific fire.
Probate was granted to his father on 31 October 1916. He left £1,284-19s.