Low, Sir Robert Cunliffe (ON HOLD)

1895 ALS by the British Indian Army General, served in Afghanistan and India, commanded in Bombay area 1898-1903

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(18381911) Scots-born British Army general, son of Sir John Low, a general in the Indian army. Commissioned in the Indian army 1854, posted to the 4th Bengal Lancers. His 1st service was against the Santals, and won him promotion to lieutenant in 1855. On the outbreak of the Indian Mutiny his regiment joined the rebels, and Low was subsequently attached to the Delhi field force. He took part in the 1857 action at Badli-ke-Serai and at Najafghar. During the siege and fall of Delhi he was ADC to General (Sir) Archdale Wilson. After accompanying Sir Colin Campbell (afterwards Lord Clyde) on his 1858 march to the 2nd relief of Lucknow, Low was appointed brigade-major to the Agra field force, and pursued and captured rebels in Central India. Promoted captain 1871 he commanded a company in the 2nd Yusafsai expedition. He was named brevet-major in 1872 and lieut.-colonel in 1878. In 1879 he led the 13th Bengal Lancers in the campaign against the Zakha Khel Afridis of the Bazar Valley. In the 2nd Afghan War Low was in the expedition against the Zaimukhts in 1879, and was at the assault of the Zava Heights. In 1880 Sir Frederick (later, Lord) Roberts secured his appointment as Director of the Transport Service, a vital role, for his march from Kabul to Kandahar. Under his energetic and intelligent management that organization worked smoothly and efficiently. Low became colonel in. 1882, and brigadier-general in 1886 to command the 2nd-class district of Bareilly. In 1883 he was detached for service in Upper Banna, where armed resistance went on for 2 years after the annexation of the country. He commanded a brigade at Minbu, and during the period of pacification was engaged in an arduous guerrilla war. He received the thanks of the Governor-General of India and was created KCB. He served in Burma for 2 years then in 1888 resumed charge of the Bareilly district, and led the 1st-class district of Lucknow 1892-95. Promoted major-general in 1893, his capacity for organization led to his nomination as commander-in-chief of the Chitral relief expedition. Advancing from Nowshera in spring 1895 Low concentrated his whole force on the Malakand Pass, and stormed the heights held by 6,000 Plathans. The enemy was again defeated at the Panjkora, and a column sent by Low under Sir William Gataore reached Chitral on 15 May after an arduous passage of the Lowari Pass. The garrison had already been relieved by Col. Kelly's force from Gilgit but it was generally recognized that the favorable campaign was owing to Low's dispositions and the rapidity of his movements. In 1896 he was promoted lieut.-general and advanced to GCB. He commanded the Bombay Army 1898-1903, and after becoming general in 1900 he retired in 1905. In 1909 he succeeded Sir Hugh Henry Gough as Keeper of the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London. A brass tablet honoring him was erected in the church of St. Peter-ad-Vincula in the Tower of London. ALS, 3 1/4pp (7 x 4 1/2 folded sheet, closing on 2nd page vertical, initialed postscript concludes on 4th, or back, page), Nowshera (now, Pakistan), March 28 (1895 added in pencil) to Carden, most likely a fellow officer, thanking him for a lamp which safely reached him. Low is very sorry to hear that "the General [possibly Sir George Stuart White, then Commander-in-Chief, India] is so unwell, the journey to Simla is very long for a man in pain" and he hopes he will be better when the time comes to move. Low mentions that the Transport Section "has been & is one of great anxiety". In an initialed postscript, he asks that the General be told that "Blood has been doing excellent & is the greatest possible use" to Low. Simla, or Shimla, was the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief, India, the head of the Indian Army, and many government departments during the "hot weather". With 14 x 10 1/2 color print in dress uniform as commanding the Bombay area from a photograph by Elliott & Fry - extra charge of $10 for additional shipping if portrait is desired.

Condition: Very good, 2 center filing holes, slight mount remnants at top and bottom edges of 1st & 4th pages; print has small stain at top left corner
Type:Letter






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