Harold Godfrey Lowe RD RNR was the Fifth Officer of
the RMS Titanic, and was the only officer to return to the sinking
Titanic in search of survivors.
He was born in Llanrhos, Conwy County (formerly Caernarfonshire), North
Wales on 21 November 1882, the third of eight children, born to George
and Harriet Lowe.
As a child his father had ambitions for him to be apprentice to a
Liverpool businessman, but Harold Lowe was determined to go to sea. At
14, he ran away from his then home in Penrallt Barmouth on the West
Wales coastline, and joined the merchant navy, serving along the West
By the time he started with the White Star Line, in
1911, he had gained his Master's certificate and, in his own words,
"experience with pretty well every ship afloat – the different classes
of ships afloat – from the schooner to the square-rigged sailing vessel,
and from that to steamships, and of all sizes." He served as third
officer on White Star's the Belgic and the Tropic before being
transferred to the Titanic as Fifth Officer in 1912. Despite his
numerous years at sea, however, the maiden voyage of the Titanic was to
be his first transatlantic crossing.
Following the sinking of the Titanic and the subsequent inquiries, both
in the USA and Great Britain, Harold Lowe returned to his home town of
Barmouth where 1,300 people attended a reception held in his honour at
the Picture Pavilion. He was presented with a commemorative gold watch,
with the inscription "Presented to Harold Godfrey Lowe, 5th officer
R.M.S. Titanic by his friends in Barmouth and elsewhere in recognition
and appreciation of his gallant services at the foundering of the
Titanic 15th April 1912."
In September 1913, Harold married Ellen Marion Whitehouse, and they had
two children, Florence Josephine and Harold William. He served in the
Royal Naval Reserve during the First World War, attaining the rank of
Commander before retiring to Deganwy with his family. He died on 12 May
1944 at the age of 61 and was buried at the Llandrillo-yn-Rhos church in
Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales.
His grave is in the graveyard of Llandrillo-yn-Rhos Church in Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy County, North Wales.
Officer Lowe was portrayed by Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd in the 1997
blockbuster movie Titanic. The film depicted Lowe rescuing first-class
passenger Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) from the freezing ocean
after finding her floating on a door.
To find the grave :- on entering the churchyard via the Lych Gate bear
left and continue to the western section of the graveyard.
Keep close to the wall that borders the main road and the distinctive grave is easily found as it borders the path.
In 2012 a blue memorial plaque was placed on the wall of Officer Lowe's house in the town of Deganwy.
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