112 Lance Corporal Phillip Lowry – New Zealand Military Police

Phillip Lowry was born in New Plymouth on 1st October 1872 one of nine children born to Phillip and Eliza Lowry[i].
The Lowry family moved south by October 1885 with a Phillip Lowry a farmer from Waiwhetu, Hutt being declared a bankrupt.[ii] Phillip Lowry snr died in 1891.

The Lowry connection to Pauatahanui appears about the same time as Nicolas Abbott and Phillip Lowry jnr were made executors of the estate of John Jones snr of Pauahatanui, who died in April 1892[iii].

Phillip Lowry married Rose Morris in 1895, the couple had seven children with six reaching school age, five of them being enrolled at Judgeford School from 1903 to 1911. The youngest of the children Rockley Gifford Lowry (1910) possible went
to school in Wellington.

In 1914 Phillip Lowry is listed as a farmer of Pahautanui[iv] in the 1914 edition of the New Zealand Post Office Directory.
On 15th August 1917 Phillip Lowry enlisted in the New Zealand Military Police. The 45 year old is listed as a farmer living
in Majoribanks, Wellington. The married man listed his four youngest children as dependants.

Phillip Lowry was medically assessed and passed as fit for service within New Zealand. The military files for Phillip Lowry
are sparce but he was 112 Lance Corporal Phillip Lowry, New Zealand Military Police when he was discharged on
20th May 1919.

Following his discharge Phillip Lowry and his family moved to the Stoke area of Nelson District. On 29th August  1919
Phillip Lowry was out rabbit hunting with his younger sons Erlin and Rockley Lowry when he was killed by the accidental discharge of his shotgun[v].

Pahautanui is the historic spelling og Pauatahanui  

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Archway Archives New Zealand

Pauhatanui Hall and stream s killed in a hunting accident.

[i] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: 112 Lance Corporal Phillip Lowry
[ii] In Bankruptcy, 2nd October 1885, Evening Post
[iii] Loan or Gift – a widow’s estate, 16th December 1914, Evening Post
[iv] Pahautanui, 1914 NZ Post Office Directory
[v] Shooting fatality at Stoke, 17 September 1919, Colonist

Pauahatanui Hall and stream   1911