Memoriam: Sergeant Alfred Lowcock

While researching my family history I discovered Sergeant Alfred Lowcock.

In honor of his memory and service, I am sharing the information I discovered. Alfred Lowcock enlisted as a Bugler (Private) but progressed to Sergeant with a specialization in Bomb Throwing and served as Platoon Sergeant and an instructor in bomb-throwing.

Sergeant Alfred Lowcock (Bugler, Rifleman, Bomb Thrower)

Birth: 29th May 1892 Nelson, Lancashire, England
5 April 1947 (Aged 54 years)

Grave: Cheltenham Cemetary, SA.

Next of Kin: George Lowcock (brother)

Rank: Private later Sergeant

Service Number: 703

Unit: 12th Australian Infantry Battalion, Division F Company

Conflict: World War I

Medals / Recognition: Mentioned in despatches, 7th March 1917

Military Service

I have an image of Alfred Lowcock’s enlistment record, the first page below (click the picture to expand).

Alfred Lowcock Enlistment Record


I also have Alfred Lowcock’s full 22-page service record but haven’t yet read it but you’re welcome to download it.


  • Date 20th October 1914
  • From Hobart
  • On number A2
  • Ship Name Geelong

Medals / Recognition

Was mentioned in despatches, 7th March 1917 extract below.

Alfred Lowcock Bomb Thrower

Original source of the above can be found here. There are additional references here.


There are references to 2 memorials, details as follows:

Family History

At the time of enlistment, Alfred is listed as being single. Occupation Station Hand. No address is listed.

Next of Kin is registered as George Lowcock (Brother) of the East Lancashire Regiment England England.

It is known from his grave that Alfred did marry later in life, his wife being Daisy Sophia (nee Clark)


Alfred Lowcock

Alfred is standing up and we believe the man on the left is his brother with East Lancashire Regiment This is a damaged postcard written in pencil on back “Alf Lowcock is standing up. I want you to send him one of mine if you have one but never mind if you have not any just let me know. George

(This was sent to Thomas George Clark’s Family no date, but prior to George’s death 07/09/1916)

Original Photo Source: Virtual War Memorial courtesy of Margaret Anne Mitchell (Grand-daughter of Alfred Lowcock and Great Niece of Thomas George Clark)


Lowcock Family History

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