While researching the Lowcock surname I came across Private William Mackenzie Lowcock was a Private in World War II, was captured by the Japanese, and was a Prisoner of War (POW). Bill survived the war, married and raised a family in Australia.
In honor of his memory and service, I am sharing the information I discovered. This includes Private Bill Mackenzie Lowcock’s War Story. Chronicling his experiences in Singapore during World War 2 and as a Prisoner of War (POW) of the Japanese on the Burma Railway.
Private William (Bill) Mackenzie Lowcock
Birth: 24th May 1920 Sydney, NSW
Death: 28th June 2006 Nambour, Queensland (source) age 86
Next of Kin: Harry Lowcock (courtesy National Archives of Australia, relationship unknown)
Service Number: NX10682
Conflict: World War II
Private William (Bill) Mackenzie Lowcock was an Australian soldier who served in Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. He was captured by the Japanese (source) and as a Prisoner of War was forced to work on the Burma Railway. Bill married Mavis (nee Walker) and they raised a family (daughters Judy Lowcock and Dianne Lowcock).
Private Bill Lowcock is recorded on a Prisoner of War Memorial in Ballarat.
The initials RTA are after the name of Bill and other prisoners, although I am not sure what this designates, possibly “Returned to Australia”.
Bill recorded his experiences during as an Australian in Singapore during World War II and as a Prisoner of War working on the Burma Railway. Thanks to Lt Col. (Retired) Peter Winstanley OAM RFD F Fin JP I am fortunate enough to have a copy and have his permission to publish Bill Lowcock’s story. Lt Col. (Retired) Winstanley maintains the POWS of Japan website that chronicles Prisoners of War of the Japanese 194-1945. The website is also archived by the National Library of Australia PANDORA Archive.
Private Lowcock also shared parts of his war experiences with the 1/19 Royal NSW Regiment Association (RNSWR) where it was published in their Frontline newsletter. Although there is no complete record of this newsletter online.
I never met Bill Lowcock but according to my research on Ancestry research, we are related. From my amateur family history on the Lowcock surname, Bill is my second cousin, twice removed. If you are immediate family of Bill Lowcock, please contact me.
I am sharing Private Bill Lowcock’s story so that his service is not forgotten. I also have research on other Lowcock’s who served on the Lowcock War Memorial pages.
Bill Lowcock married Mavis Walker and eventually settled in Maroochydore. Mavis predeceased Bill by a year (Mavis 23.12.1920 – 08.07.2005).
There’s a photo on the National Library of Australia of Bill and Mavis’s daughter Judy Lowcock celebrating her birthday in 1964. Bill and Mavis Lowcock built the filtered pool on the riverbank in front of Roselea Motel in the early 1960s. The Lowcock’s had purchased the property, including Roselea Flats, in circa 1957. In about 1961 they demolished the flats and erected the Roselea Motel on the site by early 1962 Bill Lowcock is credited as part of the Chamber of Commerce who came up with the name of the Sunshine Coast.
- Private Bill Lowcock’s War Story (see below)
- Australian War Memorial Collection, photo of Private Bill Lowcock and other photos
- National Archives of Australia
- Rootsweb Funeral Notices
- Other Various – Photos Used to illustrate Bill Lowcock’s War Story
Bill Lowcock’s War Story
The diary of Bill Lowcock’s experience will be self-published as a Kindle book on Amazon in early 2020. Please contact me if you want to be notified when it is released.
Lowcock Family History
If you would like to learn more about the Lowcock surname and family history, please visit the Lowcock History page.
You can learn more about Lowcock Genealogy, or specific Lowcock family member:
- Lowcock Plough: a type of turnwrest plough, invented by Henry Lowcock
- Lowcock’s Lemonade: a soft drink brand
- Lowcock Mill: a hydro-electric mill located in Linton, Yorkshire
- Lowcock Fuel Economiser: for fuel efficiency in steam engines
- Lowcock Razor: a straight razor, made by George Lowcock
- Arthur Lowcock and Blackpool Tower: a director of the company that built Blackpool Tower
- CF Lowcock (Charles Frederick): A British painter from the Victorian/Edwardian era
- Lowcock War Memorial: pages dedicated to those who serve
This page is maintained by Joshua Lowcock.Last updated: January 28, 2020 at 11:44 am