Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams
Name / Enw: Owen, John Alexander
Regiment/Catrawd: 4th Bn South Wales Borderers (Formerly Royal Welsh Fusiliers)
Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 28437 (Formerly 2572)
Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Basra Memorial
Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Panel 16 and 62.
Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Iraq
Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War & Victory Medals.
Date of Death: 29th March 1918
Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:
Missing before June 1917,(see newspaper cutting below) presumed dead 29th March 1918
J. A. OWEN was named in the County Herald 22nd June 1917 in the List of Dead, Died of Wounds, Wounded, Prisoner and Missing:- OWEN, 28437 J.A. Connah’s Quay, Machine Gun Corps.- MISSING
I then looked for him, in case he had died. This is why I have added John Alex to the List – not on any Memorial – as his residence is stated above as being Connah’s Quay. I did find him on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, with the same name and number but a different Regiment. Is he the same man? It could have been a reporter’s error I suppose.
I cannot find a Flintshire WW1 Index Card for him, neither, “Fallen” nor “Living”.
I cannot find him on any Census in the Area, so any help would be appreciated, because if he did, indeed, come from here or was living in the locality, he should have had his name put forward and be remembered properly.
However I do know from his Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1929 for John Alexander Owen in the UK, that the sole Legatee was Mr. James Owen, his father.
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 about John Alex Owen tells us that he enlisted in Colwyn Bay but not where he was born which this source often tells us. It does say he was formerly in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Regimental No. 2572. It also confirms his other regimental details.
British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920about John A Owen does not tell us where his first Theatre of War was, nor when he entered it and I cannot find any Army Papers for him as I know so little, so any help would be gratefully received.