-H.M.S. Hood Crew Information-
H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour
Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
George Edward Mills Owens

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Date of birth: 25th August 1908
Place of birth: Rhyl, Denbighshire, Wales
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Lieutenant-Commander
Joined Hood: 12th August 1939
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Lieutenant-Commander)
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Biographical Information:

George was born on 25th August 1908, the middle child of five children. He and his siblings were orphaned at a young age and subsequently split up. George and two siblings Jessie and Richard were raised by an uncle in Rhyl, north Wales. Later George became unhappy there so he left to join the Merchant Navy as a Boy Seaman.

George joined the Royal Naval Reserve in February 1933. He was promoted to Sub-Lieutenant in Juune 1937 and to Lieutenant in December of that year.

He transferred to the Royal Navy on 15th August 1938 from the R.N.R. supplementary list. His rank at the time was Probationary Lieutenant. He was promoted to Acting Lieutenant in May 1939 and to Lieutenant in September 1940. His last promotion, to Lieutenant-Commander came in March 1941. He is known to have been engaged to be married. He served as the Secretary to Vice-Admiral Commanding Battle Cruiser Squadron, Lancelot Holland, at the time of his loss.

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

George's name is in Column 1 of Panel 45.

Detail of George's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
1911 Census (Ancestry)
ADM 101/565 (The National Archives)
His great niece, Emma Hopkins (photo & information, April 2008 & January 2010)