Regiment Royal Irish Fusiliers
Alban Low's name appears in the Collingham Parish Magazine in December 1914 as someone who had volunteered and who was serving with the forces. We have identified Alban and his family and his military service, but have not found any connections with Collingham, except for the above mentioned Parish Magazine article.
Alban Low was born on the 27th June 1893 in Frogmore, Herfordshire, the son of Frederick M. Low, and his wife Florence A. Low. Alban was educated at Highgrove School in Hornsey, and it is there that we find him in the 1911 census as a 17 year old pupil. After school, Alban went to the University of Cambridge and studied at Jesus College.
Alban Low's medal record card shows that his Army career started as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, before a posting as a Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps. Alban first went to France on the 29th November 1914. At some point, Alban returned to the Royal Irish Fusiliers initially as Captain and latterly as Major, but that may have been after the war ended.
During Alban's service he was in France with the Machine Gun Corps he was initially with the 10th Machine Gun Company (4th Division) on the First Day of the Battle of the Somme (1 July 1916). For that fighting, Alban was Mentioned in Despatches.
Alban was then in the Vimy-Arras Offensive in April 1917. This was followed by his appointment as Divisional Machine Gun Officer (DMGO) and his posting home to command a Service Company. On his return to France as DMGO to the 36th Division and service during the German spring offensive (March 1918) at St Quentin his units suffered heavy casualties. He was then transfer to the 47th Battalion MGC with whom he took part in the fall of Lille and the crossing of the Scheldt. At some time Alban Low was awarded the Military Cross.
After the war, Alban Low remained in the Army and served in Persia and Iraq as he was awarded the General Service Medal with clasps for Iraq and North West Persia in 1924. In 1937 the London Gazette published a notice that The King had been pleased to give and to grant to Alban Low His Majesty's Royal licence and authority to wear the Insignia of the Fourth Class (Military Division) of the Order of Al Rafidian conferred by His Majesty the King of Iraq, in recognition of valuable service render to the Iraqi Government.
In the New Year's Honours list 1945, Alban was awarded the CBE as a Colonel (temporary Brigadier) in the Royal Irish Fusiliers, and in 1948 he was further awarded the Legion of Merit.
Alban Low, CBE, MC, died in Worthing in 1978.
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