Owen Hughes was born in Liverpool, Lancashire, in 1888, the son of Owen and Mary Hughes. He was married to Hannah Atkinson, (née Wilson), a 22-year-old widow, in Liverpool on the 12th December 1911, and they lived at the family home, 57, Bevington Hill, Scotland Road, Liverpool, Lancashire.
He served as a greaser in the Engineering Department on board ship and was aged 27 years old when he was killed.
His body was not found and identified afterwards and he has no known grave. As a consequence, he is commemorated on the Mercantile Marine Memorial at Tower Hill, London.
The Liverpool and London War Risks Insurance Association Limited granted an annual pension to Hannah Hughes to compensate her for the loss of her husband which amounted to £32-10s-0d. (£32.50p.) which was payable at the rate of £2-14s-2d. (£2.71p.) per month.
Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths, 1911 Census of England and Wales, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cunard Records, UniLiv. PR 13/24, PRO BT 334.