Owen Owens was born in Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, in 1850, the son of Owen and Mary Owens. His father was a stoker in the mercantile marine, and Owen followed him to sea.
On the 25th December 1873, he married Catherine “Kate” Lloyd in Holyhead and they had a number of children. Some time afterwards the family moved to Liverpool, Lancashire, in the pursuit of employment, and Kate died there in 1899. At the time of her death, the family resided at 13. Moore Street, Bootle.
In 1903, he married Anne King (née Gilroy), who was a widow. They set up home at 4, Chancel Street, Easby Road, Kirkdale, Liverpool, Lancashire.
On 14th April 1915 at Liverpool, he engaged as an able seaman in the Deck Department on board the
Lusitania at a monthly wage of £5-10s-0d., (£5.50p), He then reported for duty at 7 a.m. on 17th April 1915, before the vessel left Prince’s Landing Stage on the River Mersey, for the last time. It was not his first voyage on the Cunarder.
Three weeks later, he was killed when the liner was torpedoed and sunk, twelve miles off the coast of southern Ireland on her return journey to her home port. At 65 years of age he was one of the oldest crew members to perish that day.
His body was never found and identified afterwards and consequently, his name is embossed on the Mercantile Marine War Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
In August 1915, his widow Anne was given the balance of wages owed to him in respect of the last voyage of the
Lusitania, which was reckoned to be from 17th April until 8th May, 1915, 24 hours after the great liner had gone down.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1851 Census of England and Wales, 1861 Census of England and Wales, 1881 Census of England and Wales, 1891 Census of England and Wales, 1901 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Grave Commission, Cunard Records, PRO BT 100/345, PRO BT 334.