James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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William (Billy) Henry Kenrick Owen

W H K Owen The eldest son of William Pierce Owen and Ethel was William (Billy) Henry Kenrick Owen. He was born on Tuesday, 12 December 1893 at Jasper House, Aberystwyth. He was educated at Aberystwyth Grammar School and Shrewsbury School before being admitted to Clare College Cambridge on 11 October 1913. He was an enthusiastic oarsman. For many years an oar that had been presented to him had pride of place in his family home. The student magazine of the period, Lady Clare, in its Michaelmas 1913 issue gave him a special mention for his participation in the Boat Club. He won the 1913 Freshmen's Sculls competition (in truth, there were only three entries). He was then stroke in the B Boat for the College Trials. He twice competed in the Clare second boat in ‘The Bumps’, the rowing competition unique to Cambridge and held twice a year in the Lent and May terms. In the Lent races (February 1914) he rowed at 6 and the boat did rather badly, being bumped four times. He rowed at 2 in the May races with far more success, the college’s second boat outshining its first.

Salmon caught by W H K Owen

Billy was also a fisherman. At Ceredigion Museum is a large salmon's head mounted on a shield, the inscription painted below reading, Weight 23 lbs, W. H. K. Owen, Aug 27, 1913.

However, the First World War brought Billy's academic and sporting life to a premature close.