James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

I am told Harold was working for Eders & Fyffes Shipping on the “Jamaica Run” prior to his marriage. It appears this work took him several times to New York. He returned from there a month before his wedding, arriving at Liverpool on 9 February; his occupation then was given as 'wireless operator, and his address as 27 Hilton Road, Newton Abbott, Devon. Harold and Marjorie's wedding was reported in the Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, 7 March 1919:

On Wednesday at St. Hywyn, the marriage was solemnized between Miss Marjorie Owen, only daughter of the Rev T. E. Owen M.A. and Mrs. Owen the Vicarage, and Mr. Harold R. Boxer Newton Abbot Devonshire. The bride was given away by her father. The bridegroom's brother and sister were best man and bridesmaid. The Rev J. Lodwick Davies officiated and the church was tastefully decorated by friends of the bride, and the village was gay with bunting. The happy pair who were the recipients of valuable presents left for Devonshire to spend their honeymoon.  >

Marjorie and Harold's only child, (Richard) Owen Boxer was born 6th November 1921 in Bristol. Soon afterwards the family moved to Cardiff, then to Chelmsford and finally, when Owen was seven, to “Tremona” (the name has a Cornish and a Welsh element), Badgers Cross, Somerton (near Langport), Somerset. They were there in 1939 when Harold's occupation was "Wireless Technical Assistant". Interestingly, below their names in the 1939 Register there were two officially closed records. Generally such records were those of young people but they definitely had only one child; perhaps they took in an evacuee. Another member of this extended Owen family, James Henry Shelby, a draughtsman aircraft engineer, was living with his wife about 10 miles from where Marjorie and Harold lived and between them was RNAS Yeovilton; they might both have worked at the same facility.

Marjorie died of cancer in 1952 aged 60 [Bridgewater 1952, 2nd qt]. She is buried in the graveyard at Aberdaron, the church where her father was vicar for many years. Some years ago severe gales eroded the cliff and damaged parts of this graveyard but I am told her grave is intact. Less than a year after Marjorie's death Harold married his housekeeper, Irene Branch (known as Ren) (Bridgewater 1953 1st qt) at St Michael’s Church, Somerton. None of the family attended the ceremony; the relationship between Owen and his father was not a happy one. Harold maintained his association with the sea in his later year; the couple moved to Bognor Regis, Sussex, and Harold ended his days living in a flat in Sea Lane, Rustington, West Sussex. He died on 11 March 1975 [Worthing], aged 80.