Robert Balmain Low

R B Low was the son of General Sir Robert Cunliffe Low. He performed staff duties on a number of occasions and was highly praised for his work. On the Chitral Relief Force in 1895 he was ADC to Major-General K C Low who commanded the force. For his services on that campaign he was awarded the DSO which he received from the Queen.

He also acted as Provost Marshal on the China Expeditionary Force in 1900. He was detached from regimental duty for this, with two other officers, Major Angelo and Capt Beatty. They were present at the actions at Peitsang, Yangtsun and Pekin, and all mentioned in despatches. Major Angelo and Capt Low received brevet promotion.

During the Tirah expedition in 1897 he commanded a detachment that was sent to defend Fort Bara. The fort was reinforced when it was under threat of attack.

He was selected, with two Indian officers to attend the Coronation of George V in London on 22nd June 1911. They were part of the contingent representing the Indian Army.

He commanded the regiment in France during World War I and experienced with them the terrible cold of the trenches at Rue de l'Epinette in December 1914. Many of them suffered frostbite, including Lieut-Col Low who had to be invalided to England.

Prominent Dates
1864 7th Oct. Born
1885 7th Feb. Lieutenant in Royal Irish Rifles
1888 10th Dec. Joined 9th Bengal Lancers
1889 Served on North East Frontier (Lushai)
1891 Served on North West Frontier (Hazara)
1895 Served in Chitral Relief Force
1896 21st Jan. Awarded DSO
1897-8 Tirah Campaign (Bara Valley)
1900 On detachment to China
1911 22nd June Represented the regiment at Coronation
1911 3rd Oct. Promoted to Lieut-Colonel
1911 3rd Oct. to 3rd Oct. 1916 Commanded 9th Hodson's Horse
1914- 1915 Great War
1915 May. Appointed DAAG
1919 31st May Retired
1927 20th April Died, aged 63, at Camberley.

Distinguished Service Order
Indian General Service medal 1854-95 (2 clasps)
LUSHAI 1889-92
India General Service medal 1895-1902 (3 clasps)
TIRAH 1897-98
China 1900 (1 clasp)
1914 Star
British War and Victory medals
Coronation 1911
USA Military Order of the Dragon

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