Died of wounds in a German military hospital. It was not until 3 months later that his parents were notified.
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June 2nd - 2nd Lieutenant Ernest Ion Lowes died of wounds, aged 22
Son of Joseph and Mary Lowes of 11 Montalbo Terrace.
Ernest had worked for the City and Midland Bank in Kendal prior to enlisting.
Ernest was reported missing in June 1918. In a letter to his parents, Lieutenant Colonel Robinson wrote: 'During the last week I have seen a great deal of your son, and have seldom met a boy who was so universally and deservedly popular with all ranks. He was always cheerful, happy, and had an excellent influence with those around him. His courage was of the finest order. I saw him very early in the morning of the 27th of May, when he was sent on a message to the forward area, since when nothing has been heard of him. In order to carry out this duty he had to pass through a heavy barrage, and later must have come in touch with the enemy infantry. I hope, as we all do, that he is a prisoner. At the same time I feel it my duty not to hold forth hopes which may not be realised. Any information forthcoming later will at once be conmmnicated to you, and, should you hear any, we should very much like to hear from you. Your son's kit, like that of all other officers, was lost. Please accept the sympathy of all ranks in this hour of suspense.''