Soldiers who Survived
William Nathaniel OWEN
Rank / Number
Date of Birth
Royal Horse Artillery
Not known / Not known
19th April 1896
Blundell's Lane Farm, Rainhill
William Nathaniel Owen (later known as 'Bill' Owen) was born on 19th April 1896 in Liverpool to William Charles and Mary Owen. He was the only son of seven children. When William Nathaniel was christened on 10th May 1896, the occupation of his father (William Charles) was given as 'Book-keeper'. William Charles became a supplier of hopsack for agricultural products. Later during the First World War, there was a huge demand for hopsack to provide sandbags.
By 1911 Bill was living at Fishpond House, Rainhill with his parents and six sisters, Ethel, Florence, Edith, Ruby, Elsie and Doris. Bill’s brother-in-law Nathaniel Pye was also living with them.
Bill enlisted into the Royal Horse Artillery in January 1917 and was mustard gassed in the British trenches (sometimes lined and protected with sandbags) in France.
Bill and his father are buried in St Ann’s Churchyard. Bill left £6845, 5 shillings and 4d. Probate was granted on 6th October to Alan Aizlewood, Chartered Accountant.
Information supplied by Muriel Hughes (nee Owen) and Victor Owen (great grandson of William Charles).