James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Marjorie Owen (1893-1952)

Thomas and Eleanor's daughter Marjorie Owen was was born on 29 March 1893. Like her mother and brother she does not appear on the 1901 census. Like at least one of her Owen aunts, Marjorie attended Howell School, Denbigh. Newspaper reports of its speech days between 1905 and 1910 show that Marjorie regularly won school prizes for conduct, sewing and, gymnastics. Every year the prize-giving was followed by an athletic display and Marjorie took part in nearly every one, on various pieces of gymnastic apparatus and also dancing. I am told she was fluent both in Welsh and English. I found a newspaper report which mentions she played the organ at her father's church [Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, 28 July 1916]. In 1911 she seems to have been in West Derby, Lancashire, while her parents were in Pwllheli and her brother was away at school. A report in Y Llan, 25 May 1917 states:

"ABERDARON - We understand that Miss Marjorie Owen, Aberdaron Vicarage, has returned to her former location in the South West of England. She intended to go to France as a nurse, and while preparing for the trip received an urgent request for her services from a former employer who rated her highly and hoped they would not be disappointed. The way in which they wrote of her trusted work in this request reflects how great is their appreciation of Miss Owen. We were delighted to hear this of one of Lleyn's young ladies, and Miss Owen accepted our best wishes." (my translation though I am a non-Welsh speaker)

The motivation might not have been simply to avoid disapointing a former employer; two years later she married a man from that area. (It had been suggested that she met her husband when he was wounded and she helped nurse him back to health, not unlike the story of how her aunt, Myfanwy, met her husband.) Whatever the case, on 5 March 1919 Marjorie married Harold Richard Boxer at St Hywyn Church, Aberdaron. He had been born in Lostwithial, Cornwall, on 18 February 1895. Harold's parents, John Boxer and Emma Quiller, had married at Lostwithial on 16 November 1891. Emma’s father, Richard Markes Quiller, was the innkeeper of The Globe Inn, Lostwithial (still in existence). John Boxer, the son of a coastguard, was a shunter for GWR and, like his father and older brother, Harold initially worked for the Great Western Railway but he then became a wireless technical assistant. Evidence suggests he used these skills serving either with the merchant fleet and/or with the navy in WWI, shipping troops to and from France. >