Lowry, James Henry Cooke

Lowry, James Henry Cooke


Army Veterinary Corps

Died of disease on Tuesday 11 July 1916 (aged 32)


Basra War Cemetery, Iraq (Grave III. M. 20)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) Roll of Honour 1914 – 1919 for

Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church Belfast

Royal (Dick) Veterinary College Edinburgh

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

Family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard


Captain James Henry Cooke Lowry is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard.

James Henry Cooke Lowry was born on 3 September 1883 at 76 Donegall Pass, Belfast and he was the only son of James and Susanna (Susie) Warden Lowry (nee Lowry) who were married on 13 October 1880 in Ballyblack Presbyterian Church.  James Lowry was a son of Samuel Lowry, a merchant.  Susanna Lowry from the townland of Ballycastle, Greyabbey was a daughter of Andrew Lowry, a farmer.

James Lowry worked as a draper in Belfast and he and Susanna had at least three children:

Susanna Milliken Warden (Susie born 24 August 1881 at 76 Donegall Pass, Belfast; died 11 May 1890)

James Henry Cooke (born 3 September 1883 at 76 Donegall Pass, Belfast)

Elizabeth Patton Shanks (Lillie, born 1 January 1886 at 61 Donegall Pass, Belfast; died 24 March 1888)

Their mother, Susanna Lowry, died on 15 March 1890 (aged 29)

James Lowry and Margaret Grant Reid were married on 21 December 1892 in her father’s house at Craiganboy, Glynn by special licence granted by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church.

James and Margaret Lowry (nee Reid) had at least two children:

Marion Grant (born at 7.00 pm 21 August 1893 at Craiganboy, Glynn; died of tubercular meningitis 23 September 1898 at Craiganboy, Glynn)

Margaret Reid (born at 7.30 pm 21 August 1893 at Craiganboy, Glynn; died of convulsions 12 December 1893 at Castle Cooke, Ballynafeigh, Belfast)

James Lowry died of acute pneumonia and heart failure on 13 May 1909 at Craiganboy, Glynn (aged 58).

Both James and Susanna Lowry are commemorated in Greyabbey Old Graveyard.  The grave has a large obelisk with inscriptions on four sides and on one side ‘Captain Henry Cooke Lowry who died on active service at Mesopotamia 11 July 1916’ is commemorated.

James Henry Cooke Lowry attended Larne Grammar School and Methodist College Belfast.  He attended Dublin Veterinary College for three years before enrolling at the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in 1909 to sit the final year of the course.  He played rugby for the college and qualified MRCVS in December 1910.

James Henry Cooke Lowry received a commission as a Lieutenant (on probation) in the Army Veterinary Corps in March 1911 but subsequently left the Army.  He joined the Colonial Veterinay Service in February 1913 and was serving as a Veterinary Officer in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia when war broke out.  As a member of the Special Reserve of Officers he was recalled to the Army Veterinary Corps and took part in the landings at Gallipoli.  He was posted to Mesopotamia in early 1916 and he was 32 when he died there on 11 July 1916.

Captain James Henry Cooke Lowry was buried in Basra War Cemetery, Iraq.

At the time of his death his aunt, Miss Susanna Milliken Warden Lowry, was living in Candahar Street, Belfast.

Captain Lowry is commemorated in the PCI Roll of Honour for Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church Belfast; in the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College Edinburgh; in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 347) and on the family grave headstone in Greyabbey Old Graveyard.