David Lowery was born on Wensley Street in Belfast, Ireland on 16 April 1880.1 He was the son of William John Lowery, a painter, and Mary Stevenson.
Lowery joined the Royal Navy in November 1900 and was described as standing at 5’ 2¼” and with light brown hair, grey eyes and a fresh complexion. He trained aboard Caledonia and went on to serve as a stoker aboard other ships, including Colossus and Agincourt and at Vivid II before his discharge in July 1902. He later joined the Royal Navy Reserve.
Lowery, who was unmarried, stated that his ship prior to Titanic had been the Lord Charlemont. He joined Titanic at Belfast for the delivery trip to Southampton where he disembarked.
David Lowery, who was his parents’ last surviving child, was serving as a stoker aboard HMS Queen Mary when that ship was attacked and sunk on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland; he was among the casualties. His home address was listed as 31 Grove Street in Belfast, the home of his mother Mary. His brother Hugh had died in battle in France just five months earlier.
David Lowery is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Portsmouth, Hampshire, England (Panel 23).