Robert Low (Indian Army officer)

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Sir Robert Low
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Sir Robert Low
Born (1838-01-28)28 January 1838
Died 4 August 1911(1911-08-04) (aged 73)
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Indian Army
Years of service 1854–1905
Rank General
Commands held Bombay Command
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Chitral Expedition
Awards Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath

General Sir Robert Cunliffe Low GCB (28 January 1838 – 4 August 1911) was a British officer in the Indian Army.

Military career[edit]

Born the son of General Sir John Low, Low was commissioned into the Bengal Army in 1854.[1] He served with the Delhi Field Force during the response to the Indian mutiny and also fought in the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1879.[1] He became commander of Bareilly district in 1886 and commander of Lucknow district in 1892.[1] He was appointed commander-in-chief of the Chitral Expedition in 1895 in which role he was sent by the British authorities to relieve the fort at Chitral which was under siege after a local coup. After the death of the old ruler power changed hands several times. An intervening British force of about 400 men was besieged in the fort until it was relieved.[2] He went on to become Commander-in-Chief of Bombay Command in 1898 before retiring in 1905.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Charles Nairne
C-in-C, Bombay Command
Succeeded by
Sir Archibald Hunter