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Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby Maddyco » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:45 am

Does anyone know of this man & where he ended up. He was my great uncle. Lived in Aberdare. Served in WW1. I can't locate his military records but I think he survived the war. He had a brother called David Rees who died in France, 1918. I would love to hear from anyone who knows more.

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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby coopernicola » Thu Jan 02, 2014 7:10 am

A quick Ancestry search shows the following for 1911:

William Owen b 1865, Ffestiniog - Coal miner (hewer)
Maragret A b 1865, Llanrwst - married 24 years with two children
Edward O b 1889, Ffestiniog - Labourer in coal mine
David R b 1894, Aberdare - Coal miner (hewer)

They are living at 9 Exchange St, Maesteg

They are then easy to track in the previous census for Wales.

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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby Maddyco » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:01 am

Thanks so much for the information. Is there any way I can find out what happened to him during & after WW1? I know that lots of service records were destroyed but are there places / websites where people are placing their ancesters' stories & photos, say like a "peoples history"?

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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby coopernicola » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:05 am

There is also a Medal card on Ancestry which may be your man:
Edward O Owen RFA, Driver Labour Corps, 214243/376756

I did a quick freeBMD marriage search too which gave this which is rather odd:
Edward OWEN Q2 Pembroke Vol 11a page 1444
Rosa Margaret ANN listed as possible wife - Ann being the surname!

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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby coopernicola » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:09 am

My second message just missed your reply. Service records can be located, if you are lucky, as only a third of WWI records survived an archive fire during WWII. I've not seen any other Military Records on Ancestry but only did a superficial sweep. The National Archive at Kew keeps these records if they have survived and some can be viewed via online subscription to Ancestry or Find my Past etc.
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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby Maddyco » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:23 pm

Thanks so much, Nicola. I'm planning a trip to Kew next month. Haven't been before, so quite excited. Looks like I'm going to be busy!

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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby brunes08 » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:14 pm

Just a tip. Check out the opening times of the National Archives on line before you go as they are not open every day. You must also take items of personal identification. If it is your first visit, you will need to spend some time working through a computer programme on how to care for and use original documents before you are given your pass. Give yourself extra time because if there are a lot of people wanting to obtain passes at the same time, you may have a wait.


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Re: Edward Owen Owen b.1889

Postby Maddyco » Thu Jan 02, 2014 2:26 pm

Thanks for advice. I had no idea. Will allow plenty of time.

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