James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Memorials & Memorial Service

Meanwhile, a letter came from France saying that W. H. K. Owen, Welsh Regiment, was buried at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Grave No. 3428. (Now Grave No: A. 2. 1). The inscription on his gravestone includes, the first line of the Welsh National Anthem, Mae hen wlad fy nhadau yn anwyl i mi. The name ‘W. H. K. Owen’, together with 38 others who gave their lives in World War I, appears on Llanbadarn Fawr War Memorial, a Celtic Cross, and in the Church of St. Padarn at Llanbadarn Fawr, on the north wall of the nave, close to the pulpit, is a plaque which reads: "To the Glory of God and in loving memory of 1st Lieut W.H.K. Owen, (Billy), Scout Officer, 9th Welch Regiment, who was wounded at Festubert on the 25th of September and died at Rouen Red Cross Hospital, October 1st 1915, aged 21 years. Also of Sheila, his little sister, who died March 10th, 1913. 'Even so father for so it seemed good in thy sight.'" The Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard had reported (8 October 1915) that it was the intention of Sir Richard Mathias, a family friend and a native of the locality, to provide such a plaque. The following week its report of Billy's Memorial Service began:

On Thursday morning of last week a service in memory of Lieut. W. H. K. Owen, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs W. P. Owen. who died in Rouen Hospital from wounds received in action in the British forward movement on the 25th September, was held at Llanbadarn Church. … The Aberystwyth Lodge of Freemasons, of which Lieut. Owen was a member. attended in full regalia, headed in their procession to the Church by Worshipful Master J. B. Kitto. ….. The mourners present were Mr. and Mrs W. P. Owen, father and mother; Mr. H. J. Robinson, J.P., formerly of Bodtalog, Towyn, now of Leamington, father of Mrs Owen; Mrs W. Harry, Falconhurst, Llanarth. who was nursing in a French hospital until invalided: Mrs. Horden. Trumpington House, Cambridge, whose husband is attached to the Warwickshire Horse; Mrs. Harold Thomas, Moor Hall, Battle, Sussex, who has done great service in Red Cross work in her district; Alwyn, Violet, Bettv, Hugh, and Ned, sisters and brothers; the Rev. T. E Owen, vicar of Aberdaron, and Mrs. Owen; the Rev. E. J. Owen, vicar of Brithdir. Dolgelley [he read a lesson] and Mr T. Morgan Owen, J.P., Llwynderw, Llandinam. Beautiful white flowers in the form of a cross were deposited by Mrs. Owen in front of the altar.
Among those present were "Mr. A. J. Hughes, town clerk of Aberystwyth, who has lost a son in the war; Dr. and Mrs A. O. Davies, Machynlletli, whose son (Lieut A. J. M. Davies) was wounded in the great and fatal charge; Mr. Peter Jones, Aberystwyth, whose son, on his way home from Canada to serve his country, was drowned on the sinking of the" Lusitania;""