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5378433 L/Cpl Harry OWEN 1 Ox & Bucks LI: KIA 13 Aug 1944

Hi Guys!

Really hoping someone might be able to add something to this...

I'm trying to write up a brief bio of the above guy, who appears on Holsworthy (Nth Devon) War Memorial. Interestingly, his name does not appear in alphabetical order, but has been added to the bottom of the list, presumably at a later date.

It appears as if his addition to the memorial is based purely on him having married a local girl in 1943.

He was born in Collycroft, Bedworth, Warwickshire in c.1908, I believe illegitimately, to Mary Ann Owen (the daughter of a Canal Boatman).
He was to have two older siblings - Muriel Annie (b1904) and Ernest Edward (b1906), a younger brother, Charles, was born in 1909 but died the next year. - His mother had married Southorn in 1910 (he appears to have been fairly well acquainted with the boys in blue previous to his marriage!)

1911 Census shows Harry living with his siblings, mother and step father (Southorn) in Bulkington, Nuneaton. States birth in Collycroft, Bedworth. I've been unable to locate him in the 1939 Reg (so perhaps a prewar reg).

That's where I've got too - then the edges begin to become fuzzy!

GRO gives his three siblings as all born within the Nuneaton Reg Dist, all with the surname of OWEN but with the mother's surname given as LENTON. Harry does not appear at all, under Owen, Lenton or Southorn. CWGC states Harry was the son of Edward Ernest and Mary Ann Owen, which makes me wonder if both Harry and his older brother Ernest Edward were the result of a relationship with an individual with the name Edward Ernest, but not the surname Owen. I've done a fairly exhaustive search of online newspapers in the hope of coming across and affiliation order for one or the other, but alas, nothing.

Harry married Alice Mary King in Holsworthy Reg Dist in Sept Qtr 1943. She appears in the 1939 Reg as working at Winsford Hospital in Halwill. I'll check the Parish Regs for Holwsorthy and Halwill next time I'm in the museum (I'm the historian for Holsworthy museum) to see if it's recorded there, but could just as well be a Registry Office marriage (so might have to order the certificate - though it's not really going to tell me much more than I already know).

I'd be truly grateful if anyone can add anything to this - however insignificant it may seem - it'll go towards building the story of his life.

Thanks guys!

PS. Just looking through some other non related research and not elements of the Ox & Bucks were in the area in mid 1940, after returning from Dunkirk, so he may have become acquainted with his future wife then.