Frederick Lowman Knee

Date of birth: 1895
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Battalion: 37th Siege
Rank / Service No: Bombardier, 56033
Died: 24th August 1916, aged 20 years
Buried: Dantzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, France (Plot II, Row L, Grave 8)


Frederick was the older of 3 siblings born to William PHILIP and Susan Knee (nee Lowman), who married in Romford in 1891.


Susan was born in Ilford in 1871 and she passed away prematurely in Southampton in 1903.

Philip had been born in Southampton in 1869. After Susan’s death, he married Louisa Mary Hensford in Southampton in 1910.


The couple had 4 children and lived at 4 Victoria Street, Northam.


Louisa was born in 1882 in Southampton; she was only 40 when she passed away in 1922.

William died in the city in 1939.



Frederick Lowman 

Elsie Constance   b. 7 January 1899 Southampton   d. 1982 Bristol Married George T. Poole in Romford in 1918.

Harold Edward   b. 1900 Southampton   d. 1968 Southampton   Married Ivy E. Holt in Southampton in 1923.

Half-brother Alfred William   b. 1912 Southampton   d. 1998 Bexley   Married Alice l. Mason in Camberwell in 1939.

Half-brother James Henry   b. 7 May 1914 Southampton   d. 1997 Southwark   Married Dorothy Cullum in Deptford in 1945.

Half-sister Bertha L.   b. 1916 Catherington   Living in Brixton in 1948….

Half-sister Jessie A.   b. 1920 Southampton   Living in Surbiton in 1981…..



The 37th Siege Battery was at Lydd in Kent in August 1915. They went to Devonport and departed for Egypt on 15 December 1915, arriving at Port Said on 29 December.

The Battery left Egypt on 8 April 1916 from Alexandria and disembarked at Marseilles on 15 April 1916.


Frederick would have joined the Battery after they had made their way to Flanders; it is likely he perished during the every-day trench warfare of the Battle of the Somme.


He was probably buried originally in Vernon Street Cemetery in Carnoy, in the valley between Carnoy and Maricourt, at a place called “Squeak Forward Position.”

110 soldiers who died in July-October 1916 were buried there by the 21st Infantry Brigade and other units.


All those burials were moved to Dantzig after the Armistice; that cemetery now contains 2,053 burials, 518 of which are unidentified.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th October 2016


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