b. 10/05/1850 Cluny, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. d. 14/03/1907 London.
DATE OF AM ACTION: 12/11/1880 Huddersfield, Yorkshire.
David was one of two children born to John and Elizabeth Lowson (nee Davidson). Sadly both his parents died before his 2nd birthday. He was raised by relatives, and received a good education, attending the University of Aberdeen. He graduated with two degrees, and then achieved his Medical Degree in 1875. After qualifying he was appointed Assistant House Surgeon at Pendlebury Children’s Hospital. He later became Resident Surgeon at Huddersfield Infirmary.
On 26th April 1881 he married Elizabeth Brown and their son, Kenneth John, was born in 1885. He then moved to Hull where he was Surgeon at the Dispensary, before moving to the Hull Hospital for Diseases of Women and Orthopaedics. He became the full Surgeon at Hull Infirmary in 1898. He died in 1907 in London, and was cremated. His ashes were interred in a family plot in Banchory-Ternan Churchyard.
On the 12th November, 1880, DR. LOWSON, of Huddersfield, was called to attend Matilda Elizabeth Higginbottom, the child of Police Constable Higginbottom of that town, who was suffering from laryngeal diphtheria, when he performed the operation of tracheotomy. On the following morning, finding the child livid, and breathing with very great difficulty, and tracing that a large quantity of mucus was accumulated in the trachea, he applied his lips to the wound, and, at imminent risk to his own life, afforded relief by suction. Throughout the day he continued to suck out mucus by means of a pipette. Notwithstanding this display of heroism the child died on the third day after the operation. In the course of a few days DR. LOWSON was seized with a severe attack of diphtheria, followed by other dangerous illness, which resulted .in his retirement from a lucrative practice.
BURIAL LOCATION: CREMATED.
ASHES INTERRED AT BANCHORY-TERNAN CHURCH, PLOT 733.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: UNKNOWN.
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