James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
Click on left picture for enlargement

Os was a keen sportsman. He played both mixed and men’s hockey for the Berwick club, in attack, in midfield and in defence. I was told he played international hockey and, if so, I had assumed it would have been for his native Wales or for England. Berwick lies in the Borders between England and Scotland and the Berwickshire News and General Advertiser, which regularly reported on Os’s games for Berwick, revealed in 1904 that he had been selected to play for South of Scotland; its edition of 19 January 1904 stated that he had to miss one of their matches as he was away on his honeymoon. Whether or not he did play for a national team remains a mystery. The newspaper reports of his Berwick games regularly extolled his good play and pointed out how his occasional absences greatly weakened the team. Os also played tennis at the local club. Team lists in the local paper indicate that Os's future wife, Edith, also played hockey and tennis, competing in the local club’s mixed doubles with Os.

Holy Trinity Church, Berwick Oswald Owen's family 2 In December 1903 Os received his M.A. at the Christmas convocation of Durham University held at Durham Castle. On 12 January 1904 at Berwick Church (left) he married Edith Margaret Hogarth Clay, the eldest daughter of the late John Clay and his wife Jean of 44 Ravensdowne in Berwick, just around the corner from Os's lodgings in Woolmarket. Her family was quite affluent, though John, a corn merchant, had died when Edith was only four. The marriage service was conducted by Henry and by Edith’s uncle, Rev. Canon Henderson, assisted by the junior curate, Rev. C.F. Medd. Edith’s brother, Rev. Patrick Andrew Clay, curate in charge of St Barnabas, Grimsby, gave her away. My grandfather, Reginald Wynn Owen, was best man for his brother. Team lists in the local paper indicate that Edith also played hockey and tennis, competing in the local club’s mixed doubles with Os, at least prior to their marriage.

Os and Edith' daughter Elizabeth Jean Edith Owen was born on 6 May 1905 (named after her grandmothers and her mother but known as Elsie) and two years later, Edith gave birth to twins Margaret Hogarth Owen and Dorothy Mary Owen (b. 15 March 1907). (see family photos).    >>>