​The superb combination January 1944 Canada Home Service Member of the Order of the British Empire, Great War and Second World War Canada home service, Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Commonwealth issue with Canada suspension group awarded to Major W.N. Lowe, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, once 3rd Militia Battalion, Dorset Regiment and Army Ordnance Corps, who served continuously with the Canadian Permanent Force from June 1911 through to October 19

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The superb combination January 1944 Canada Home Service Member of the Order of the British Empire, Great War and Second World War Canada home service, Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal Commonwealth issue with Canada suspension group awarded to Major W.N. Lowe, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps, once 3rd Militia Battalion, Dorset Regiment and Army Ordnance Corps, who served continuously with the Canadian Permanent Force from June 1911 through to October 1945.

Group of 6: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member, M.B.E., 2nd type, Military Division; Canadian Voluntary Service Medal 1939-1945; War Medal 1939-1945, Canadian issue in silver; Coronation Medal 1937; Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR bust; (S.Q.M.S. (W.O.CL.II W.N. LOWE. R.C.O.C.); Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVI 1st type bust, Commonwealth issue with Canada suspension; (WO.CL.1 (CONDR) W.N. LOWE, MBE RCOC), mounted court style as worn.

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William Norwood Lowe was born on 8th July 1885 in Wyke Regis, Weymouth, Dorset, the son of John Lowe, a mariner, and Mary Lowe, formerly Norwood. Whilst working as a labourer, he enlisted as a Private into the 3rd Militia Battalion, Dorset Regiment, and served for a short time up to the age of 18 years and 6 months, when he joined the Regular Army as a Private (No.5077) with the Army Ordnance Corps on 7th June 1902.

Lowe transferred to the Army Reserve on 6th June 1905, but then rejoined the regular forces on 23rd December 1905, and retransferred to the reserve on 6th June 1910, being then fully discharged on 6th June 1914, after 12 years service, with time spent at Woolwich, Dover and Dublin.

Lowe then emigrated to Canada, and on 12th June 1911 he enlisted at Toronto as a Private (No.2861) into the Canadian Ordnance Corps, part of the Canadian Army Permanent Force. He then served with the Canadian Forces continuously through to 7th October 1945. Lowe was on the Permanent Force as a Sergeant until 21st June 1918, and then served as a Sergeant (No.2774858) with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Canada from 22nd June 1918 to 17th August 1919, serving as a Staff Sergeant continuously in Canada before being demobilised.

Lowe then remained with the Permanent Force from 18th August 1919 through to 31st August 1939, being awarded the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in 1922, and promoted to Warrant Officer 2nd Class and Sub-Conductor (No.P.34060) on 1st July 1926, and to Warrant Officer 1st Class and Conductor on 3rd December 1933. Lowe was serving with the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps Depot at Regina from July 1926 through to mid 1933, and was then at the RCOC Depot at Toronto from mid 1933 to mid 1944.

With the outbreak of the Second World War, Lowe was mobilised on 1st September 1939, and then saw service in Canada through to 7th October 1945. Commissioned as a Temporary Lieutenant into the Canadian Active Service Force on 1st September 1939, he served as an Ordnance Experimental Officer 3rd Class with No.2 Detachment of the Ordnance Depot at Toronto, and having been promoted to Temporary Captain on 1st May 1941, was then rated as an Ordnance Experimental Officer 2nd Class.

Lowe was appointed a Member of the Military Division of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in the London Gazette of 1st January 1944,

Lowe was appointed to Temporary Acting Major on 1st July 1944, and posted to the Ordnance Depot at Saskatoon, and then promoted to Temporary Major on 26th January 1945, with seniority backdated to 1st July 1944.

Lowe was posted to No.11 District Depot for commencement of retirement on 8th July 1945, and retired on pension on 7th October 1945. In the same year, Lowe was awarded the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, Commonwealth issue with Canada suspension, this being published in the Canada Gazette for 19th May 1945.


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