Born in India, he was educated at Sandhurst, and served in Egypt, India and Burma, before, leading a regiment in the Second Boer War from 1900-02. Married with a son and daughter he retired in 1908, but rejoined the British army on the outbreak of the war in 1914. He was stationed at the Curragh, Co Kildare at the outbreak of the Rising on Monday, April 24, 1916.
Arriving in Dublin by train in the early hours of Tuesday morning, Lowe assumed command of British forces in Dublin. Lowe ordered the shelling of Liberty Hall as well as the continued advance of the Sherwood Foresters in the ‘Massacre of Mount Street’. On Saturday evening, April 29, after being approached by Nurse Elizabeth, he agreed to negotiate with the leaders only if they would surrender unconditionally and at 2.30 pm that day, accompanied by Nurse O’Farrell, Padraig Pearse surrendered to Lowe. He finally retired in March 1919.
Lowe’s son, John , was a British Army officer and his aide-de-camp who also took part in the suppression of the Rising. He was present at the surrender and alter became known as a Hollywood actor under the name John Loder.
General Lowe died in London on 7 February 1944, aged 82.