Edward Owens (1887 -
A brief history of his life By his great grandson Don Owens
The Life of a Young Soldier
For the majority of his adult life Edward was a professional soldier. He enlisted
in the Cheshire Regiment on the 21st November 1904 for a 12-
The newly enlisted No. 7788 Private Owens E was not a big man; he stood 5 foot 7½
inches tall, weighed 8 stone and 12 lbs. and had a 34-
Edward spent the first two years of his army career stationed in England before he was posted to Madras, now called Chennai, India in December 1906. Britain still had an Empire at this time and the British Crown ruled India and following the Indian Mutiny of 1857 there was a need for a large military presence in the country. He spent the next six years in various parts of India, including Jubbulpore (now Jabalpur) in the Madhya Pradesh and Secunderabad near Hyderabad in the Andhra Pradesh. During this time he reached the rank of lance corporal, became a 1st class shot and gained a 2nd class certificate of education. He must have also been a keen sportsman, as there exists a photograph of him with his hockey teammates, winners of the first regimental hockey shield in 1910.
During his time in India Edward spent nine months employed with the regimental police.
It is not known in what capacity and when because on a couple of occasions he had
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