Captain Arthur Noel Vernon Hill-Lowe



Arthur Noel Vernon Hill-Lowe was born at Stoke Damerel, Devon, on 1 June 1892, son of retired Royal Navy commander Arthur Hill Ommanney Peter Hill-Lowe and his wife from Ardee, County Louth, Beatrice Geraldine (nee Ruxton). He was grandson of Admiral Arthur Lowe and great-grandson of Admiral Sir John Acworth Ommanney.

At the time of the 1911 census he was an agricultural student and by the outbreak of the war had served for a period of time in the Malay States Volunteer Rifles.

While Hill-Lowe initially enlisted in the King Edward's Horse, on 18 April 1915 he was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant in the North Irish Horse.

On 16 November 1915 he embarked for France with F Squadron of the North Irish Horse. He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant two days later. The squadron diary makes two references to the activities of Lieutenant Hill-Lowe. On 26 May 1916 he and Sergeant Brunsdon established an observation post in the trenches, and four days later he formed a class to teach the men how to use the newly-arrived Hotchkiss machine-guns.

In June 1916 F Squadron (re-named B Squadron) joined with C Squadron and the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons Service Squadron to form the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment. Hill-Lowe remained with B Squadron, the regimental diary noting on 14 March 1917 that he led a trench digging party to the front.

In September 1917 the 2nd North Irish Horse Regiment was dismounted and absorbed into the 9th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers. Hill-Lowe was transferred to the new battalion but due to an injury he instead returned home. On 31 October 1917 he left the battalion's service and returned to the North Irish Horse at Antrim.

He was promoted to captain on 6 April 1918.

On 23 March 1920 Captain Hill-Lowe resigned his commission in the North Irish Horse. However at the beginning of 1921 he took a commission as a lieutenant in the Shropshire Yeomanry. He became a captain in the Shropshire Yeomanry on 3 May 1922 and remained with that regiment until he resigned on 4 October 1928.

He died at Wisteria House, Ethorpe Close, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, on 30 June 1964.


Captain Hill-Lowe's son, Lieutenant Arthur Norman Ommanney Peter Hill-Lowe, of the  4/7 Royal Dragoon Guards, was killed in action in the Second World War on 3 February 1943.