• Essie Irene Lowick

  • 1914–1915 Star
  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
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    • LOWICK, Essie (Jessie) Irene Warne – Sister, QAIMNSR
    • Posted by FrevFord, Friday, 16 December 2016

    Born on the 24th July 1888 at St Leonards, NSW – daughter of Robert Warne LOWICK and Annie ARMITAGE – who married 17/1/1880 at the Holy Trinity Church, Miller’s Point, Sydney Warne died 14/12/1903 Campbelltown, age 52; and Annie died 26/9/1927 Mosman Siblings (born St Leonards, NSW): 1. Neredah b.1880; 2. Phillis/Phyllis b.1882 (Teacher) – d.1964 Manly; 3. Clara Marina Toinette b.13/1/1884 – WW1: AANS, 1st AGH – d.29/2/1968 St Leonards; 4. Lily Hebe b.31/4/1886 – marr. P.A. ARDAGH 13/4/1914 NZ – WW1: NZ Hospital in England – d. 1964 NZ; 5. Rita Mary b.20/8/1890 – WW1: Red Cross VAD Nurse, France; 6. John Warne b.31/4/1892 – WW1: Lieut, MM, 45th Bn – d. 7/7/1969 Burwood, NSW; 7. Anne b.1895 Mosman; 8. Thelma W b.1900 Mosman – marr Wetherby Boorman 1922 Sydney Trained in nursing at the Sydney Hospital, NSW – passing her entrance exam for the A.T.N.A. in December 1913 Women’s Maternity Hospital, Sydney 1915 WW1 Service: Selected to join Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) 30/3/1915, her service record shows she embarked in Melbourne on the Malwa 5/4/1915, and disembarked Suez 1/5/1915 The Medal Roll for the 1914/15 Star shows she disembarked in Egypt on the 4/5/1915 However, she states in a letter that she wrote in 1960, that she embarked on the Mooltan in May 1915 and disembarked at Port Said – [The Mooltan carried other members for the QAIMNSR, leaving Sydney 15/5/15, and Melbourne 18/5] She then states she was sent to the 29th British Hospital for 2 weeks, before leaving Egypt on the Clan McGillivray for Gallipoli – later being sent to the 21st General British Hospital at Raselton near Alexandria on her return to Egypt Her service record shows she joined for duty at the 17th General Hospital, Alexandria 20/6/1915 Transferred to duty on the HS Dunluce Castle 23/12/1915, ferrying patients between Gallipoli and Lemnos, and Malta and England, until joining the 15th General Hospital at Alexandria on the 21/5/1916 Appointed Acting Sister 15/12/1917 Granted 3 weeks UK Leave and embarked on the HS Kalyan 6/3/1918 Disembarked at Alex from the Kaiser-i-Hind from Europe 20/5/1918 and joined for duty at the 19th General Hospital 21/5/1918 Matron’s Confidential Report, 19th GH 30/5/1918: “Miss Essie I. Lowick has worked in the wards of this hospital since 21-5-18, during this time her work has been satisfactory and I consider her suitable for further military employment.” Resigned to marry 20/6/1918 Married Baldwyn LOWICK in Egypt on the 21/6/1918 [Lieut, Special List General HQ, Imp Army – b. 19/2/1887 Barton Regis, Gloucestershire, son of Lucy Marie (Alger) and William Morris – Chartered Accountant – District Grand Master, Masons, Sth East Asia 1947 – d.17/6/1955 Swan, WA, age 68 – buried Mundaring Cemetery] Following the marriage she travelled to England where she stayed with her husband’s family until he was discharged in 1919, at which time the couple moved to Singapore Children: Baldwyn, John and Robert (Bobbi) [WW2, RANV: Baldwyn Robert LOWICK b.23/5/1920 Singapore – son of Baldwyn LOWICK of Singapore – address on discharge 8 Winton Ave, Warrawee, NSW – marr Dec Qtr 1952, Tonbridge, Kent – d.24/3/1988 NSW, age 67 – late of Manly] Essie was in Sydney in April 1922, acting as hostess for her sister’s wedding reception Extract from her letter written to the Repatriation Department in 1960: “In January 1942, I got away as a refugee, on the “West Point” an American Cruiser, and landed at Colombo, from there they sent us to Durban, where I was for six months, and eventually got a ship back to Australia, I paid my own fare. My husband was taken a prisoner in Singapore. After the war was over in 1945 I went back to Singapore and nursed my husband, who eventually died. When the Japs were coming, I left everything behind, including my Army Papers and Medals. I just took clothes and money. Nothing was left when I got back years later.” Returned to Australia from Singapore on the Gorgon for a six week visit, arriving Fremantle 10/12/1953 – their address to be Few-Acres, Mahojang Creek, West Australia Baldwyn died 17/6/1955 Swan, WA, age 68 – and was buried in Mundaring Cemetery Essie travelled with her widower brother John to England from New York on the RMS Queen Elizabeth, arriving 27/10/1958 She was living Thomas Rd, Mahogany Creek, WA in 1960 Living Flat 1, The Salvation Flats, William St, Nedlands, WA in April 1967 Living 64 Grosvenor St, Cremorne, NSW in 1968 – also John Warne Alges Lowick (a student) Died on the 27th July 1975 in Sydney, aged 87 (late of Mosman, formerly of Singapore) Cremated at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium The Sydney Morning Herald, Wed 21 May 1919 (p.12): HOME AGAIN WELCOMED IN SUNSHINE SOLDIERS BY THE ARMAGH The 450 soldiers who were brought across the seas in the troopship Armagh, and who landed yesterday afternoon, had a most enthusiastic welcome. ….. Lieutenant John W. Lowick, after four years’ active service, returned with the ribbon of the Military Medal, a decoration which was awarded in recognition of his bravery while a signaller in repairing telephone wires under heavy fire. Four of Lieutenant Lowick’s sisters helped during the war. Sister Essie Lowick, who has been awarded the Royal Red Cross, served in Egypt and Palestine; Nurse Clare Lowick, BA, in Egypt and India; Nurse Lily Ardagh (wife of Dr Ardagh, DSO), at a New Zealand Hospital in England; and Miss Rita Lowick as a VAD at Boulogne. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Mon 19 Jul 1920 (p.3): Mainly About People Mrs Lowick of Singapore, is taking her baby to make the acquaintance of Manly Beach relatives at Sydney. She arrived in Fremantle by the ship Charon yesterday. The Sun (Sydney, NSW), Tue 5 Apr 1938 (p.13): SPOTLIGHT ON SOCIETY A young passenger on the Nieuw Holland was young Master Bobbi Lowick, of Singapore, who has come to Sydney to start his schooldays at “Shore.” He was accompanied by his aunt, Miss R.M. Lowick, of Mosman. Bobbi is the son of Mr and Mrs Baldwyn Lowick, and when he goes home to Singapore for his next holidays he will fly back. Raymond Terrace Examiner and………….. (NSW), Thur 24 Jul 1941 (p.4): SOLDIERS’ LETTER FROM MALAYA Corp. H.J. Chapman writes under date 28/6/41, to his mother and father in Raymond Terrace, as follows: “Rocky and I had our leave to Singapore……………… We were very fortunate in meeting a Mrs Lowick, an ‘Aussie’ woman, who has been in Singapore for eighteen years and whose husband is president of the Singapore Swimming Club. She invited us to visit the Club and partake of what it had to offer. We did and it is just like one of those places one sees on the movies…………. The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 29 Jul 1975 (p.22): DEATHS LOWICK, Jessie Irene – July 27, 1975, of Mosman (formerly of Singapore, ex A.I.F.), dearly beloved wife of the late Baldwyn Lowick and loved mother of Bill, John and Bob. Aged 87 years. FUNERALS LOWICK – The funeral service for the late Mrs JESSIE IRENE LOWICK, of Mosman and formerly of Singapore, ex A.I.F. will be held in the chapel of the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, on Thursday, July 31, 1975, appointed to commence at 3.50 p.m. Notes: [British medal card incorrectly transcribed as Sister Ellie Trine Wayne LOWICK]