Low John Maj 73172
Name Low John
Army number 73172
Decorations None known beyond WW2 service medals.
Date of birth Born Sussex 7/10/1917.
Age 26 at the time of his death.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry - commissioned as a 2nd Lt 26/8/1937. Posted 1st Bn DLI until 11/10/1939. Posted No 4 ITC. Posted HQ 42nd Div 22/10/1939. Posted 14th Bn DLI 15/10/1941. Posted 11th Bn DLI 5/12/1943. Served Normandy. KILLED in ACTION with 11th Bn Durham Light Infantry 27/6/1944.
Company/Battery Bn HQ, 11th Battalion - D Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Adjutant 2/3/1941. D Company - Company Commander.
Joined Brigade 05-Dec-43.
Promotions W/S Lieutenant 26/8/1940. Acting Captain 2/3/1941 to 1/6/1941. Captain 2/6/1941. Acting Major.
Wounded Not so far as is known.
Prisoner of War Not so far as is known.
Died/Killed in action KILLED in ACTION 27-Jun-44. Interred initially at Rauray - Map 7F/1 reference 889.656 - alongside other Battalion and Brigade casualties. Re-buried 30/4/1945 in Grave IV. D. 4. Fontenay-le-Pesnel War Cemetery, Tessel. No inscription on his headstone.
Home address Resident of Sussex. Son of Major and Mrs H F Low, Lavant, Sussex.
Source table 11DLI
We are grateful to Paul Errington for a more recent photograph of Major Low's headstone taken during a visit to Normandy in 2019. This is shown below.