Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thames (NZ): WWI November 1917 ROH

One hundred years ago, World War One was dragging on, with casualties and deaths being reported each month. In November 1917, Thames lost six more young men. 
Lest we Forget

15/11/1917 In the Field, Palestine; LOWE Louis Henry12679; Trooper AMR
20/11/1917 In the Field, Belgium; THORN Ben23/301; Private NZMC No 1 NZ Field Ambulance
24/11/1917 In the Field, Belgium; DEMPSEY Earnest Henry38358; L/Cpl  3rd Batt WIR 17th Coy
24/11/1917 In the Field, Belgium; MAXWELL Alexander Harold13604; Private 2nd Batt OIR
25/11/1917 In the Field, Palestine; SIMPSON James Thomas11/1596; Tpr NZMR Brig Machine Gun
25/11/1917 In the Field, France or Belgium; WHITEHOUSE Charles Philip21129; Cpl 4th Batt NZRB

The full Thames WWI Roll of Honour names are listed HERE.

Today, 15 November 2017 a commemorative cross stands in the Thames 'Field of Remembrance' for Trooper Louis Lowe of Thames. Trooper Lowe received gunshot wounds to the legs 14 November 1917 and two days later Died of Wounds at Palestine. (one hundred years ago)

Louis' father Henry Lowe was Mayor of Thames until 1919. (Lowe Avenue at Parawai is named after Henry for his years of service to the town) As a child Louis Lowe had attended Kauaeranga Boy's School, then Thames High School and the Thames School of Mines. On leaving school he worked in his father's butcher shop. He enlisted in January 1916, aged 23 years of age.