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Robert Low (Indian Army officer)

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Sir Robert Low
Sir Robert Low
Born(1838-01-28)28 January 1838
Died4 August 1911(1911-08-04) (aged 73)
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom / British Empire
Service/branchBengal Army
British Indian Army
Years of service1854–1905
Commands heldBombay Command
Battles/warsIndian Rebellion of 1857
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Chitral Expedition
AwardsKnight 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 British Indian Army.[1]

Military career[edit]

Born the son of General Sir John Low, Low was commissioned into the Bengal Army in 1854.[2] He served with the Delhi Field Force during the response to the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and also fought in the Second Anglo-Afghan War in 1879.[2] He became commander of Bareilly district in 1886 and commander of Lucknow district in 1892.[2] 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.[3] He went on to become Commander-in-Chief of Bombay Command in 1898 before retiring in 1905.[2]

In June 1909 the King appointed Low, to be Keeper of the Jewel House at the Tower of London, a position that he held until his death on 4 August 1911.[4]


  1. ^ G. S. Woods (1912). "Low, Robert Cunliffe" . In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ a b c d Falkner, James. "Low, Sir Robert Cunliffe". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/34607. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ "No. 26644". The London Gazette. 16 July 1895. p. 4017.
  4. ^ "No. 28385". The London Gazette. 17 June 1910. p. 4254.
Military offices
Preceded by C-in-C, Bombay Command
Succeeded by