James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

A newspaper obituary read as follows:

Lieut J.G. Morgan-Owen - How he fell in Mesopotamia

Particulars have recently been received concerning the death of Second Lieut. John Gurth Morgan-Owen, S. Wales Borderers, son of Mr. T. Morgan-Owen, formerly of Bronwylfa, Rhyl, and now of Llwyn Dedw, Llandinam. This gallant young soldier, who has made the supreme sacrifice, was born at Bronwylfa, and educated at Oriel House (Misses Meyrick) and Colet House (Mr. Hugh-Jones) schools. He afterwards took a scholarship at Bromsgrove School, and an exhibition at Worcester College, Oxford, where he took his degree.

On 5th April he and his brother, Major G. Morgan-Owen, DSO, were in the successful fight in which the Turks were driven back about four miles, and both were unhurt. The brothers met at midnight on the 8th of April, in the dark, while on their way with the 13th Division to attack the enemy at Sanna-i-Yat. The Major stroked his brother’s cheek with his hand, and the latter said to him “Hello, Geth, old man!”. That was their last meeting. Subsequently the Lieutenant led his men (the Bomberers) against the first trench of the Turks. It was a few yards from it that he fell, killed by a shell, and there he was buried on the evening of the 9th of April. His grave is marked by a cross of thick tin, placed there by his brother Gethin, bearing the words. “In memory of Second Lieutenant J. G. Morgan-Owen, 4th South Wales Borderers, killed in action on April 9th, 1916. R.I.P."

One of his brothers has been invalided home and another awarded the DSO.

According to the report of a brother officer, Lieut. Dingley (who was with him leading the attack), the last words spoken by Lieut Morgan-Owen were: "Let us get forward." They were shouted aloud to his comrades. And thus fell our young fellow townsman, after performing heroic deeds and giving utterance to inspiring words.   >