William Henry Owen

William Henry Owen, Corporal, 5655, 14th Hussars. William was born at Carmarthen. He was a Postman at St. Clears prior to the war, after having retired from the army, but was recalled at the outbreak of war, joining his old regiment, the 14th (Kings) Hussars.

The 14th Hussars were based in India at the outbreak of War, so William was attached to D Squadron, Royal Horse Guards, which landed at Zeebrugge on 7 October 1914, attached to 7th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division.

The division took part in operations around Antwerp, before being moved to Ypres. Here they took part in the Battle of Langemarck, and the following Battle of Gheluveld. On 30 October 1914, the Royal Horse Guards were in the trenches about half a mile north-west of Zantvoorde when they came under attack by superior numbers of Germans forcing a retirement. Corporal William Henry Owen was shot in the back during the ensuing fighting that day.

He has no known grave, as his comrades could not recover his body, and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial (seen in the photograph) in Belgium.






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