Ernest Lowe was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Lowe, he was a gardener following in the footsteps of his father who was gardener to the notable Canterbury pioneer Sir Heaton Rhodes.
Ernest Lowe emigrated to Canada before the war and when war broke out he enlisted in the Canadian Army. He was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium on the 13 May 1916 and is buried in The Woods Cemetery, Belgium. He was not the only member of his family to serve his brother George Greig Lowe served in the New Zealand Army and was wounded at Gallipoli and survived the war. Their sister Mary Christina Lowe was one of the first fifty New Zealand nurses to serve on the front in France, leaving on the 8 April 1915.