July 25, 1916
Mrs. Lowe, of Bakestone Moor, Whitwell, has received news of the death of her husband, Private Tom Lowe, Sherwood Foresters, killed in action on July 25. He was 29 years of age, and was well known in the cricket and football world.
He played for Whitwell Colliery C.C. for many years, and was a left hand bowler and a good batsman. He was also a useful player for the St. Lawrence Football Club. He has a brother Charlie, serving in France, and only a week ago they met on the battlefield.
The sad news was sent by his sergeant F. Marsden, of the Infantry Brigade, who says: –
“It is with deep regret I have to inform you that your dear husband, No. 18164 Private T. Lowe, was killed in action between the hours of 12 and 1 on the night of July 25.
“He was seriously wounded about 10:30 at night, when he became unconscious and passed away. Just before he died he recovered consciousness and said ‘Remember me to my loving wife and children and all the boys of the battery.’ His end was peaceful, and I pray that he has met his maker in heaven.
“He had in his pocket a card, on which was printed ‘A Soldier’s Prayer.’ This I had given him some time ago. A piece of shrapnel went clean through his pocket-paybook and his photos of you and his dear children.
“He fell defending his King and country, his wife and children, from such curs as the Germans. I will send you any of Tom’s things as I come across them.”
He was a brother of Harry Lowe, captain of the Liverpool football team.
(Derbyshire Courier: August 5, 1916)