Robert Thomas Graves Lowry was born in 1857 and was educated at Eton and Oxford.
Appointed to a Cornetcy in the 1st (The King’s) Dragoon Guards in February 1878, he was advanced to Lieutenant in the course of his service in South Africa at the time of the Zulu War in the following year (Medal & clasp).
He is also believed to have witnessed active service in the First Anglo-Boer War. Lowry was finally placed on the Retired List as a Lieutenant-Colonel in June 1890 and, as reported in the Mid-Ulster Mail in October 1947, he died at his residence - Pomeroy House, Co. Tyrone in the same month. He had latterly acted as a D.L. and J.P., was a former High Sheriff of the county, and served as a Sub-District Commandant of the Ulster Special Constabulary. The Colonel was otherwise noted for his ‘keen interest in political and local government affairs’ and was for many years Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of County Tyrone.