August 2019

Due to the generosity of Caroline Taylor #638 on the web family tree, the Trust has been able to acquire a fine oil on canvas portrait of Lt. Arthur Norman Ommanney Peter Hill-Lowe 1920-1943 #14050.  Dated 1949 the artist, who used the monogram GR or CR is, as yet, unidentified.  The Trust is most grateful to Caroline.

Lt. Hill-Lowe was born in Tenbury, Worcestershire in 1920 and enlisted in the Royal Armoured Corps on 25th August, 1939.  He was appointed to an Emergency Commission as a 2nd. Lt. in the 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards on 27th July 1940 and was posted to the 57th Training Regiment on 19th July 1842.  He embarked for the Middle East to join 3rd Hussars later that month and arrived in Egypt on 21st September.  He was killed in a train crash near Aleppo, Syria on 3rd February 1943.

He came from a distinguished military family.  His father was Captain Arthur Noel Vernon Hill-Lowe (1892-1964) #14048, North Irish Horse and Shropshire Yeomanry, who was the son of Commander Arthur Hill Ommanney Peter Hill-Lowe RN 1849-1910 #14046 who was in turn the son of Admiral Arthur Lowe (1814-1882) #1016.  Admiral Lowe’s father-in-law was Sir John Acworth Ommanney (1773-1855).

On Wednesday 3rd February the Aleppo to Pererat train had a head-on collision 80 km out.  27 soldiers including 3 officers were killed.  The following Sunday saw a big military funeral, each coffin on a 15cwt truck travelling through the town.  Beside the graves a firing party of 21 men fired a volley and the ‘Last Post’ was played in what was a very moving ceremony.  He is buried in the British War Cemetery in Aleppo, Syria in plot 2 at C3 which is cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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