The sons of James and Harriet Lowndes, Thomas Nathaniel was born in Cannock on 31 July 1892, and Walter Samuel was born in Cannock on 8 July 1898. By 1901, the family were living in Rhowden House, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, and consisted of Thomas, Walter, their parents, and siblings William, Katie, Frederick John, and Lucy Jane. For three months in 1908, Thomas worked as a cleaner for the London & North Western Railway at Bushbury Depot, but was dismissed “thro’ slackness of work”. By 1911, they were living at Albert Villas, the Scotlands, Bushbury, along with an additional daughter, Agnes Edith. Thomas was working as a clay miner in a brick yard. Walter later worked as a dairyman.
During the First World War, Thomas enlisted as a Gunner for the Royal Field Artillery (number 176632), before transferring to the Royal Engineers (number WR/285250). He survived the war. On 27 September 1924, Thomas married Jessie Clara Joiner at SS. Peter & Paul Church, Aston, and the couple had a son, Dennis, born in Birmingham in 1925. Thomas died in Wolverhampton in 1971.
Walter enlisted in the 4th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 38994). On 3 October 1918, he received a gun shot wound in his left thigh at St Quentin. Although the bullet was eventually extracted, Walter was left slightly lame. He was discharged on 18 February 1919. Walter married Gladys Hartshorn in Wolverhampton in 1922, and the couple had a daughter, Joyce, later that year. Walter died in Coventry in 1991.