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OWEN , WILLIAM HUGH ( 1886 - 1957 ), civil servant ;

b. 16 Feb. 1886 at Holyhead, Angl. , son of Thomas Owen . He entered the Marine Department of the London and North Western Railway in 1906 , and later joined the personal staff of David Lloyd George (see above under LLOYD GEORGE , David ) , for whom he undertook several important missions. At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Royal Engineers and went to Canada in 1917 where he represented the War Office as director of inland waterways and docks . The work involved placing contracts for and the supervision of the building of auxiliary vessels for ocean, coastal and canal work , and also the purchase and charter of craft for similar work. He became lieut.-colonel in 1918 and was made a C.B.E. in 1919 . Later he acted as special representative of the Comptroller of the Admiralty and subsequently represented the Ministry of Shipping . He played hockey for Wales against Ireland in 1910 . He m. 8 Oct. 1919 , Enid Strathearn , daughter of Sir John Hendrie , Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Ontario , and they had three daughters. He made his home at Montreal and d. 21 Feb. 1957 .

Sources:

  • Who was who? ;
  • Who's who in Canada (Toronto) , 1922 .

Author:

Dr Mary Auronwy James, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001