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David Lowery

David Lowery
David Lowery

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).

Notes

  1. Date as per birth registration. His RN records give the date as 10 November 1882 and his RNR records give the date as 4 April 1883: no individual named David Lowery was born on those dates in Ireland.

Titanic Crew Summary

Name: Mr David Lowery
Age: 31 years 11 months and 29 days*  (Male)
Nationality: Irish
Marital Status: Single
Last Residence: in
Occupation: Fireman
Last Ship: Lord Charlemont
Embarked: Belfast on Friday 29th March 1912
Disembarked: Southampton
Died: Wednesday 31st May 1916 aged 36 years
Cause of Death:

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References and Sources

Crew Signing-On Particulars of Engagement, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (2A/45/381, A-H)
Belfast Telegraph, 30 June 1916 (Photograph)
Northern Whig, 17 June 1916 (Death notice)
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