No. 13055 Francis Elliott Lowd
Photograph contained in an album at the Dorchester Historical Society of about 150 photos kept by Nathaniel R. Perkins, MD, who examined thousands of men who were going into the war, 1914-1918. Given by Mrs N. R. Perkins in accordance with instructions from her late husband, Dr. Nathaniel P. Perkins of 1122 Adams St, Dorchester. Index catalog has entries for the individuals.
Frank Lowd enlisted Mar 27, 1917, Supply Co 101st Regiment Overseas Sept 7, 1917
Francis Elliott Lowd. Written by Camille Arbogast.
Francis Elliott Lowd was born on December 20, 1894 at 13 Woodward Street in South Boston to Mary and Henry Lowd. Mary was a Bostonian of Irish ancestry; Henry was from New Hampshire and worked as a teamster. Francis, called Frank, was their only child. In 1900, they still lived in South Boston, at 115 O Street, in City Point. Henry was a packer at a wholesale boot and shoe company. By 1910, they had moved to Dorchester, residing at 221 Millet Street. Henry was then a furniture company shipping clerk; Mary worked as a milliner. Sometime after, they moved to 12 Standish Street, where they were living in 1917.
On March 26, a week before war was declared, Frank enlisted in the National Guard. He served in the Supply Company of the 9th Infantry, which was later re-designated the 101st Infantry Regiment and assigned to the 51st Infantry Brigade of the 26th Infantry Division, also known as the “Yankee” Division. In April, Frank mustered as a Wagoner, a driver of animal-drawn transport, conveying supplies, generally from depots to units. He maintained the wagons and cared for the animals that pulled the vehicles.
Frank shipped overseas with the 101st on September 7, 1917, leaving from Hoboken, New Jersey, sailing on the USS Pastores. The 101st were the first of the Yankee Division to arrive in France, landing in Saint-Nazaire on September 21, 1917. In August 1918, Frank was made a Private. After the war, he returned to the United States on the USS America, sailing from Brest, France, on March 28, 1919. The ship docked in Boston on April 5, and he was demobilized at Camp Devens in Ayer and Shirley, on April 25, 1919.
During the war, his parents moved to 109 Fuller Street, in the Ashmont neighborhood of Dorchester. Frank was living there on June 18, 1919 when he wed telegraph operator Mary E. Fallon of 92 Maxwell Street, Dorchester. They were married by Father Daniel Burke of St. Matthew’s Church on Stanton Street.
Frank and Mary had three children: Francis E. born in 1920, Henry L. in 1927 and Patricia in 1932. In the late 1920s and early 1930s they lived in Dorchester at 67 Whitten Street, and then at 3 King Street. In the late 1930s, they moved to Malden, to 5 Beach Street. After Frank’s father died in 1926, Frank’s mother, Mary, moved in with the family and lived with them until her death in 1944.
At the time of his marriage, Frank was employed as a government clerk. In the 1920s and 1930s, he worked as a chauffeur. He reported on the 1940 census that during the Great Depression he had been unemployed for 172 weeks and was currently a general foreman doing public emergency work. His son Francis Junior, who aspired to be a singer with an orchestra, worked as an attendant at a gas station. In 1942, Frank was working at East Point, Nahant, at the “sub-station,” possibly the submarine detection installation at the site which began operation that year.
Only three years later, Frank Lowd died on April 3, 1945. According to his obituary, he was survived by his wife, Mary (nee Fallon). His funeral was held at the home of his sister-in-law, Sue Fallon, at 92 Maxfield Street and a solemn mass celebrated at St. Matthew’s Church. He was a late member of the Malden Post of the American Legion and of the 101st Supply Division.
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