WW1 BWM. Lowery. Sunderland. Northumberland Fusiliers-Tyneside Irish. Field Punishment No1 for theft.

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Correctly named 1365 Pte T Lowery North’d Fus

Born in Sunderland in 1891, Thomas soon moved to the City of Durham where he worked as a miner and was living at 35 New Elvet, Durham.

He enlisted into service in January 1915 and spent over 2 years in France.

He would have been present with his Battalion on the 1st July 1916 where they were in action in and around the northern area of the Albert-Baupame road.

On July 5th and around August 1st 1916 Thomas received a ‘shrapnel-gunshot’ wounds to his back/shoulder.  At this time in the trenches, the 26th were heavily involved in mining and each battalion loaned up to 120 men each to assist in the removal of spoils from the mines. Thomas, being a miner, could well have been involved in these activities.

In June 1918 he was given 14 days Field Punishment for stealing a blanket. His record is littered with offences from breaking out of camp, causing disturbances and desertion for 32 days.

He served as 418299 in the 948th CArea Employment Company Labour Corps.

We find he lived later with his wife Annie Dall Lowery at 65 Waterstone, New St, Durham.

Thomas died in 1974.

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