1885 - 1916
CPL David Wallace Crawford
1887 - 1916
Lce-Corpl John Joseph Nickle
1894 - 1916
Pte 17911 Morton Neill
1897 - 1916
Lieut Edward Stanley Ashcroft
1883 - 1918
Pte 52117 Frederick Owen
- Age: 42
- From: Runcorn, Cheshire
- Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 19th Btn
- K.I.A Saturday 23rd June 1917
- Commemorated at: Birr Cross Roads Cem Zillebeke
Panel Ref: II.C.18
Frederick Owen was born in 1875 in Hulme, Manchester. He married Harriet Ann Rhodes on the 31st July, 1897 at St Stephens Church, Hulme. Prior to the outbreak of war he had been employed for 25 years at Messrs: C. Mackintosh and Co.
His early life is reflected in the 1891 Census which shows the family living at Davies Street, Hulme, Chorlton, Manchester. His father, Charles, aged 52, born in Ireland in 1839, is a general labourer, whilst his His mother, Annie, is aged 36, born 1855 in Runcorn and has no occupation listed. They have four children at the time of the Census, Fred recorded as aged 14, is a general labourer, Mary aged 6, born 1885 and Lucy aged 5, born 1886 are both scholars, whilst Annie is aged 1, born 1890.
After 1891 Frederick changed his name to Owen for some reason, on the marriage certificate he states his father is Charles Owen. His father died in 1903 as Charles O'Neill.
Gores 1909 DIRECTORY STREET DIRECTORY: Bradshaw Street, Moss Side, South side has Frederick Owen aged 38 as a Shopkeeper.
The 1911 Census shows the family living at 48 Bradshaw St, Hulme, Manchester. Frederick is the head of the household and is aged 35, and occupation shown as rubber thread maker, he was shown as born in Runcorn. His wife Harriet Ann is aged 34, born 1877 and is employed as a mixed grocer and she was born in Manchester. They have been married for 13 years at the time of the Census and have had seven children of which two have died. The five surviving children were all born in Manchester. Annie aged 9, born 1902, Frederick aged 7, born 1904, Edith aged 4, born 1907, Lilian aged 2, born 1909 and Hilda Victoria born 1911.
He enlisted in Manchester and originally served as Private 2539, Manchester Regiment. Following a transfer he was serving in the 19th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Private No 52117 when he was killed in action on the 23rd June, 1917 aged 42.By June 1917 the 19th Bn was in the Ypres salient, in the front line south of Hooge. On the 10th, the 19th is relieved in the line and marches back to Brandhoek. The Battalion War Diary for 23rd June records:
“At night practically all the battalion were out on a working party digging an assembly trench and suffered casualties: 7 OR killed, 13 OR wounded, 1 OR missing.”
Frederick was one of the 7 other ranks the others being George Ashbrook, Norman Garside, Andrew Harron, Harold Hart, Harold Mathison and Joseph Spencer referred to in the battalion diary as killed.
A family notice was placed in the local press :-
OWEN - Private F. Owen, 52117, King's Liverpool Regiment, killed in action 23rd June.
Sleep on dear son and brother, in far off distant land,
In a grave we may never see,
But as long as life and memory last,
We will always think of thee.
- From sorrowing Mother, Sisters Lucy and Annie, brother-in-law Fred, and little Lucy - 15 Duffield Street, HulmeFrederick now rests at Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Zillebeke, Belgium where his headstone bears the epitaph:
“THY PURPOSE LORD WE CANNOT SEE BUT ALL IS WELL THAT’S DONE BY THEE”