Oldham Historical Research Group


WW1 serviceman

Thomas Frederick Owen,
9th Manchester Regiment, Private, No. 47332
1890 - 1969

Thomas Frederick Owen was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, on the 2nd January 1890.
He was the son of Thomas Owen and his Manchester-born wife, Georgina (nee Wicks).
On the 1891 census the family were living in Congleton, near Macclesfield.

By the 1901 census the family was living in Allerton, near Bradford and now included 7 year old Richard Henry Stanley Owen, who had been born in Manchester.

In 1911 they are recorded as living at number 10, Bridson Street, in Clarksfield, Oldham. Thomas was a railway clerk and his brother, Richard, was working for the Oldham Co-Op.

In 1912, Thomas married Hannah Ogden. Their two daughters Vera and Winifred (always known as May) were born before the outbreak of the Great War. Their only son Stanley was born in 1922. Of the three, only May went on have  children.

medal card
(larger image HERE)
The 9th Battalion of the Manchesters was a Territorial Force battalion but, as no Service Record is found in the indexes for Thomas, it isn't clear when he enlisted.

However, we can see from the Medal Index Card that he first served in a Theatre of War after the beginning of 1916 ...

Family believe that Thomas suffered in a gas attack but the date and location are not known.
What we do know, from the website of the International Committee of the Red Cross list of POWs, is that on the 21st March 1918 he was captured at Hargicourt, on the Somme, just south-east of Amiens. From the faintly pencilled word, 'Guestrow', at the top of the page, we know he was a prisoner in the POW camp at Gustrow, Mecklenbourg. It also tells us his date of birth and his home address of Stafford Street, Werneth, Oldham

Visit the external links, below, for more information :

External links to information on Gustrow POW Camp
POW list naming
Thomas Frederick Owen

POW list naming Thomas Frederick Owen
(Scroll down to p. 34154)
'The Long, Long Trail 1914-1918'
website forum about Gustrow:
HERE   &    HERE


repatriation list
(larger image HERE)

Private Thomas Frederick Owen was repatriated, arriving in Holland on the18th November 1918.

He returned home to his wife and family, living on Stafford Street, Werneth, Oldham.

During WW2 Thomas served in the Fire Watch.

He died in Oldham 1969.


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Contributed by : Deborah Lavin

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