James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

The newspaper report continued:

The following are extracts from letters sent by the deceased’s superior officers to Mr. T. Morgan-Owen:

From General Maude, commanding 13th Division : Your gallant sons loss will be very seriously felt, not only in the Regiment, but also in the Division, for he was a most capable officer, trusted and respected by his men. You may gather some comfort from the thought of the way in which he willingly gave his life for King and country in a great cause—a brilliant example of all that is noblest to many of his countrymen. Your other son, who is on my staff, is, I am glad to say, in the best of health, and doing splendid work for me, for which I am most grateful.

From General Lewin, commanding 40th Brigade: I knew your son well, and he was very popular with us all. It is sad to see young lives cut off like this, but he has died a fine death and leaves a noble example behind him.

From Colonel Kitchin, commanding 4th S.W.B.: Your son was loved and respected by us all. He very gallantly led his men in an attack upon the Turkish trenches, and it appears to have been concussion from a burst-in shell which caused his death. I cannot tell you how, much we shall miss him, both as an officer and as a friend. Your son helped me very much in training grenadiers for us, and his constant cheerfulness, courage and energy were always a most inspiring example to his men.

The following Royal message was also received: The King and Queen deeply regret the loss that you and the Army have sustained by the death of your son in the service of their country. Their Majesties truly sympathise with you in your sorrow.