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Katherine Lowe
and in later life
Kath Camb
Katherine at Cambridge

Addendum 1 - The Lowe Family

Cecil Lowe
Cecil F.D.Lowe
Lowe Wedding
The wedding
On board ship
29th Street
Their 29th Street home
Kath and sons
Katherine and sons
Cecil & sons
Cecil & sons, 1968
Kath and 3 sons
Katherine & sons
Lowe Family
Cecil with his parents & siblings

Katherine Mary Helen Rankin

was born at Romford in Essex on 10th October, 1918, the only daughter of Rev. Stanley Mottram Rankin and Maria Quick.

She was 27, and working for the British Consulate in China, when she met and married Cecil Lowe who was in imports and exports with a firm called Jardines. His full name was Cecil Fabris Denny Lowe, born Jan 31st, 1899 in Shanghai, China, the son of tea merchant Alfred Denny Lowe and Gertrude Adele Bidwell. He was nearly twenty years Katherine’s senior having been married before, in 1927, to Joyce Blanche Green with whom he had three sons, Charles, John and David.

On 14th March, 1942 Joyce and her five year old son, David, took a flight to Chun King in China but, soon after take-off, the plane crashed and tragically they were both killed.

Cecil Lowe and Katherine were married on 17th August 1946 at St Joseph’s Church in Hong Kong, and almost a year later their first child, Michael Cecil, was born at Horrabridge in Devon, England. Katherine’s niece, Sarah Hare, believes that Cecil was at that time governor of nearby Dartmoor Prison (this as yet un-verified). Four months later they sailed, on the liner Queen Mary, to New York and went on to settle in Vancouver, Canada where their other two sons, Richard Fabris (1949), and Philip Denny (1952) were born.

Their family home was at 1670, 29th Street, West Vancouver – at that time just a dirt road. The house had a 2½ acre plot with an apple orchard, a creek in which the five boys often fished, and a ravine from which bears would sometimes emerge only to be chased away by the family’s black Labrador. Unfortunately Katherine was not happy living in Canada and with her boys nearing adulthood, in March, 1970 she returned to England and took a job as a secretary at Gonville and Caius College at the University of Cambridge. The plan was that Cecil would follow a couple of years later when he would qualify for his Canadian pension, but in fact he stayed on and died at Coquitlan, B.C., on June 9th 1976. He is buried in the Capilano View Cemetery, Vancouver. Katherine decided against making the trip back to Canada for her husband’s funeral, a decision which did not go down well with her two step-sons.

In her later years Katherine went to live at Wookey Hole, near Wells in Somerset and later still, after suffering a stroke she went into a home for the elderly called the ‘Cider Barn’ at Glastonbury, where she died on 19th Dec, 2007. Her body was cremated and her ashes scattered by one of her sons on Glastonbury Tor.

Today Richard and his wife live in Denver, Colorado, USA while Michael and Philip are in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

[It wasn't until some weeks after I submitted "Gummy's Story" for publication that I managed to make contact with two of the Lowe brothers who have kindly supplied the above information and some of the photos. My thanks also to Karen Weir for her help and valuable contribution.]

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