Dedicated to LCpl Michael Lowery And LCpl James McKeown
by Jordan Blunsom
Michael Lowery lived with his Brother in laws James and John Mckeown. Before the war they all worked together at the same colliery. As such, when the call for volunteers came they all joined the 25th The Northumberland Fusiliers Tyneside Irish, a pals battalion. John Mckeown survived the Somme and action at Arras and Passchendaele. Michael and James, however, were two of the tens of thousands of young men that lost their lives on the first day of the battle when they went over the top at La-Boisselle. Michael left behind a wife, Eliza, and a son that he never met. In his village of Bowburn, County Durham. 47 out of the 200 houses are adorned with a bronze poppy depicting the home of a Bowburn pal that fell in battle. Michael and James are memorialised on the Thiepval Memorial to The Missing. This square memorialises the thousands of family that fought and died together throughout the First World War.