Arthur George Lowdell
Arthur was born 23rd June 1886 to William and Harriet Lowdell of Cliffe, Kent and was baptised at St. Helen's on 6th July the same year.
Arthur's father was a local blacksmith and the family resided at Mytle Cottage.
By the time of the 1891 Census, when Arthur was four years, old the family consisted of his parents, William and Harriet, his elder brothers: William, Stephen and Frederick, his sister Harriet and his one year old sister Emily. The family had moved to Cliffe from Chatham and Arthur was the first of the family to be born at Cliffe.
Extract from the Parish Register for Baptisms at St. Helen's Church, Cliffe.
Arthur was to join the Grenadier Guards, 1st Battalion, in October 1914 and soon rose the rank sergeant. His battalion mobilised for war in October 1914 and landed at Zeebrugge and the Division engaged in various actions on the Western Front including 'The First Battle of Ypres' after which only 4 officers and 200 men remained of the Battalion: Arthur was one of these casualties and died of his wounds on 3rd July 1915. He is remembered, with honour, at St. Venant-Robecq Road Bririish Cemetery, Robecq, Pas de Calais, France.
Death of Sergeant George Lowdell.
Extract from a letter sent by Regimental Chaplin: