Albert David (Alby) Lowerson VC
(2 August 1896 – 15 December 1945) was an Australian recipient
of the Victoria Cross
, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British
First World War
He was 22 years old, and a sergeant
in the 21st Battalion, (Victoria), Australian Imperial Force
during the First World War
when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 1 September 1918 at Mont St. Quentin
, an attacking party was held up by a strong-point manned by 12 machine guns. Sergeant Lowerson took seven men and, attacking the flanks of the post, rushed the strongpoint and captured it, together with the 12 guns and 50 prisoners. He was severely wounded in the right thigh, but refused to leave the front line until the position had been consolidated.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australia)
Second World War
Lowerson also served in World War II. Enlisted Melbourne, 5 July 1940, as V8081; discharged, 10 August 1944, as Sergeant, 2/8 Training Bn.