Alfred Owen


Alfred Owen
Born: 6 Nov 1882, Manchester, Lanc. England
Died: 17 May 1951, Campbell River. British Columbia, Canada

Father: Thomas Owen
Mother: Catherine Davies

Married: 30 Sept 1905 to May Gregory in Thomas-Ardwich, Manchester, England.  Widowed 10 Oct 1910 in Bala District, Merioneth, Wales. They had a daughter Mabel Owen, Born 9 Apr 1910.

Married:  3 July 1915 to Sarah Ellen Dixon in the Bala District, Merioneth, Wales

Alfred went as a boy to a house called "Prospect and Bank" in or near a village called Nant Mawr, Wales. Nearby at "Tydraw" (the name of a house), were Alfred's relatives: William and Lizzie Roberts and their son, Gwilym, who was Alfred's second cousin.

Alfred first married May Gregory.  They had one child, Mabel Owen.  Alfred was present, when May Gregory Owen died of cerebral meningitis at 22 years old (1910). On her death certificate Alfred's occupation is shown as "Master Baker:.

Alfred married his second wife, Sara Ellen (Sally) Owen in 1915. Sally and Alfred were married while he was stationed with his regiment at Bala, Wales, during World War l.  It is believed they eloped.  How they met is yet unknown.  She was born in Lowton (near Leigh) and he was from Manchester.

Alfred served as a Private in the 326 Protection Coy. (?) Royal Defense Corps from 25 Nov 1914 through 19 Feb 1917. (2 years 86 days).

Alfred Owen left Liverpool on 3 June 1919 and arrived in Montreal, Canada on 11 June 1919. He sailed on the "S.S. Melita".  From Montreal he traveled on to Vancouver, B.C. Canada where he settled.

His wife, Sally (Sarah Ellen) and their two children sailed approximately 1920 to join him.  they sailed from Liverpool to St. John, New Brunswick.

From his obituary: Commissioner Alfred Owen, the founder of the Canadian Amateur Bands Association, Vancouver, who has rendered excellent service to the amateur bands of Canada was a pupil of the late Alexander Owen Besses o' th' Band and: Robert Stephens of the Halle' Orchestra, and Doctor Charles Duddle of the Royal College of Organists. 

He received his first baton when 17 years of age with the band of the 1st Cadet Battalion, Manchester Regiment and has had considerable experience in every phase of musical work since he unfurled the banner of British Bands in Canada. 

He was chairman of the Imperial Veterans bands in Canada who were recently equipped with complete sets of "Excelsior Sonorous" instruments.

Vancouver, B.C. Canada   "Band"
Alfred, second from left top row.


Alfred Owen 1915


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