(Herbert Ernest) Malcolm Owen ... 2 of 2
Malcolm was buried at his father’s church, St Mark’s, Brithdir, Merioneth, the service at the church and beside his grave being conducted by his godfather, Rev. Jones of Bettws-y-Coed. It was a military funeral, with a Firing Party of 32 from Park Hall Camp, Oswestry, where Malcolm became an officer. Wounded soldiers from nearby Caerynwch Red Cross Hospital, Dolgelly, served as bearers, and representatives from the VTC of the Intermediate School Cadet Corps were also in attendance. >
Administration was granted to his father later that year; Malcolm left £265 7s 6d.The Denbighshire Free Press, 6 April 1918 reported: "A brass tablet and eagle lectern have been placed in St Mark's Parish Church, Brithdir, Dolgelley, to the memory of Lieut. H E Malcolm Owen, R.W.F., son of the Vicar and Mrs Owen, the Vicarage, Brithdir, who was killed in an aeronautical action last year. Lieut. Owen ... was educated at Ruthin Grammar School, which he left about three years ago." As sons of clergymen in the diocese, the cousins H.E.M. Owen and Vernon E. Owen are commemorated on the War Memorial in Bangor Cathedral.
I have chosen the poem '.... Ad Astra' in memory of Malcolm Owen. It concerns the death of a military pilot who, as Malcolm surely did, believed in God and eternal life.