Owen, Edward Francis (No. 4191721)

Owen, Edward Francis

Fusilier

No. 4191721, 6th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers

Died of illness on Wednesday 19 February 1941 (aged 24)

Buried:

Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co. Down (Section 5. X. Grave 1A)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

Fusilier Edward Francis Owen (No. 4191721) was 24 and unmarried when he died of ‘acute heart failure due to broncho pneumonia due to influenza’ on 19 February 1941 in 25th General Hospital, Bangor.  He was buried in Bangor Cemetery.

It is recorded in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Debt of Honour website that Fusilier Edward Francis Owen (aged 24) was a son of Robert and Kate Owen and in the Army Roll of Honour it is recorded that he was born in Caernarvonshire, Wales.

Up to the time of writing it has not been possible to confirm conclusively any other family details for this casualty.

  • The birth of an Edward Owen was registered in the first quarter of 1915 in Holyhead, Anglesey; his mother’s maiden name was Roberts, but this birth is too early if the CWGC age is correct.
  • The birth of an Edward F. Owen was registered in the first quarter of 1917 in Cardiff, Glamorganshire; his mother’s maiden name was transcribed as Thompson.
  • An Edward Francis Owen, son of Robert Owen (a boatswain) and Kate Owen (no maiden name recorded) of 17 Amherst Street was baptised on 14 June 1917 in Grangetown, Cardiff.
  • The marriage of a Robert Owen and Kate Thomas (surname as transcribed) was registered in the third quarter of 1915 in Holyhead, Anglesey.
  • The marriage of a Robert Owen and Catherine Owen (no maiden name recorded) was registered in the first quarter of 1916 in Anglesey.
  • The marriage of a Robert Owen and Kate Williams was registered in the first quarter of 1916 in Ffestiniog, Merionethshire.

According to the Army Roll of Honour, Edward Francis Owen joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers before the outbreak of the Second World War and in April 1940 was posted to Northern Ireland.