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Frank and Harold Owen
Serre Road Cemetery, No 2
Frank Victor Owen was the son of Frank and Emily Owen and was born in Boughton in 1883. He was baptised in St Barnabas Church on 5 November 1883. In the 1901 census, the family were living at Little Stone Stile, Perry Wood, and his father’s occupation was given as woodman/market gardener. In the 1911 census the family were living at Horselees; Frank’s age was 17 and his occupation is given as “woodman”, as was his father’s.
He was the older brother of Harold Vincent Owen, who had been killed on the Somme two years earlier. Both are remembered with honour on the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church.
Private Frank Owen is remembered with
honour at Serre Road Cemetery, No 2, Somme, France, where his grave reference is X. G. 5.
In June 1916, the road out of Mailly-Maillet to Serre and Puisieux entered No Man's Land about 1,300 metres south-west of Serre. Early in 1917, the Germans fell back to the Hindenburg Line. The village changed hands once more in March 1918 and remained under German occupation, until they withdrew in August.
There are now 7,127 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery, mostly dating from 1916. Of these, 4,944 are unidentified. By the end of the war it contained approximately 475 graves, but it was greatly enlarged after the Armistice by the addition of further graves from the surrounding area.