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1885 - 1916


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1887 - 1916


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1894 - 1916


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Cpl 22200 Austin Owens


  • Age: 25
  • From: Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • D.O.W Monday 25th June 1917
  • Commemorated at: Wimereux Cc
    Panel Ref: II.N.3

Austin Owens was born on 27 April, 1892 in Holly Street, Islington, Liverpool and was baptised three days later, on 30 April, by Fr Timothy Griffin, at St Joseph’s Curch, Grosvenor St, Liverpool. He was the son of to John and Jane Owens, of 15 Holly Street, Liverpool. He joined the Royal Navy on the 22nd April, 1908 and his papers show he was a telegraph messenger. He was 5 feet two and three quarter inches tall, had a fresh complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair. He was on the ship Impregnable as a boy rating and discharged to shore on 25th August, 1908.

The 1911 Census shows the family living at 15 Holly Street, Liverpool.  

The father John is aged 50, born 1861 and is a casual Carter and was born in Liverpool. His wife Jane is aged 45, born 1866 and has no occupation and was born in Liverpool. They have been married for 30 years and have had fifteen children of which twelve died. John aged 27, born is a labourer for a sugar refiner and Austin aged 19 born 1892 occupation assistant grocer for a provisions merchant, both being born in Liverpool. They also had a daughter named Mary born in 1887 by the time of the 1911 Census had left the family home.

He enlisted on the 5th November, 1915, in Liverpool and was aged 22 years and 217 days, and gave his occupation as a Clerk. He also states that he left after failing in wireless telegraphy. He is five feet eight and half inches tall, weighed 126lbs, fresh complexion, brown eyes, brown hair and gave his religion as Roman Catholic.

07.11.15: Embarked for France with his battalion.

25.05.16: Septic foot to Field Ambulance before being admitted to 5 C.C.S.

04.06.16: Discharged to duty.

10.06.16: rejoined 20th Battalion.

30.07.16: Appointed unpaid Lance-Corporal.

05.08.16: Wounded in action, gunshot wound to hand.

13.12.16: Appointed paid Lance-Corporal.

25.03.17: Appointed acting Corporal to complete establishment.

26.03.17: Confirmed in rank.

09.06.17: Gunshot wound to left foot and fractured femur.

25.06.17; Gunshot wound to legs, amputation.

26.06.17: Army letter dated confirming Austin in 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimereux with gunshot wound to left foot and was seriously ill on the 21st June, 1917.

 

He was serving in the 20th Battalion, The King’s Liverpool Regiment as Corporal No 22200 when he died of wounds on the 25th June, 1917 aged 25.

His father received his personal effects which included letters, photos, a pipe, two religious books, two unidentified books, a rosary and a bag.

He now lies in Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France.

We currently have no further information on Austin Owens, If you have or know someone who may be able to add to the history of this soldier, please contact us.

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