Hannah Owen, Stewardess

Hannah Owen, Stewardess, Mercantile Marine, RMS Leinster. Lost at sea, aged 36, as a result of enemy action in the Irish Sea on 10 October 1918.

She was the daughter of William and Mary Owen (nee Roberts) of 2 Tower Gardens, Holyhead. Her father was employed by the City Of Dublin Steam Packet Company as a Foreman Coal Porter. Her mother was born at Llanbadrig, Anglesey. Her siblings were Winifred Salisbury Owen (1884-1885), William Salisbury Owen (1887-1960), Hugh John Owen (b.1889), Mary Catherine Owen (b.1893), Robert Thomas Owen (b.1897) and Alun Owen (1899-1984).

Hannah left school at 14 and went to work in London. On returning home, she worked as a Domestic Servant for Mrs Forcer Evans at Forcer Hill, Holyhead. She subsequently was employed at Mill Road Infirmary and New Highfield Hospital, Knotty Ash, Liverpool. Before her death Hannah had been employed by the CDSPCo for 12 years, working on all their ships. In 1911 she was recorded on the Irish Census as Second Stewardess on a CDSPCo vessel at Kingstown (Dun Laoghaire).

Awarded the Mercantile Marine Medal and British War Medal. (Her Memorial Plaque was sold at auction in 2006).

Buried at Holyhead (Maeshyfryd) Burial Board Cemetery, grave location B.890.

She is also commemorated on the York Minster Memorial for women lost in the Great War and also on a memorial plaque at Hyfrydle Chapel, Thomas Street, Holyhead.

Photo of Hannah Owen from the Holyhead Maritime Museum collection.