Alien Officer purges East Africa
Tom Paterson Owens
Liverpool 3rd v Aliens 2nd at Aigburth 3
WH.Evans, E.Quine, A.Williamson, J.Fairley, E.Smith, OE.Bayliss, H.Howarth, N.Howe, WJ.Inglis, RF.Owens, TP.Owens, W.Parry, D.Sloss, W.Sloss, J.Williams
Liverpool Echo 10th February 1911
When the Great War broke out TPO undertook officer training and was commissioned 2nd Lt in "The Buffs", the East Kent Regt in August 1915. His military career developed in late 1916 when he was attached to the King's African Rifles as part of 'Norforce', the Nyasaland & North-East Rhodesia Field Force under the command of Major-General Edward Northey. Their task was to push back the German forces, the Schutztruppe out of the region.
TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 8
East Kent Regt.—The undermentioned Officers are seconded for duty with the King's African Rifles. 18th Nov. 1916: —
2nd Lt. (temp. Capt.) L. H. Lloyd.
2nd Lt. T. P. Owens.
2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) E. Sharp.
After the Great War TPO stayed with the military as a commissioned officer at The Verne, Portland, Dorset soon becoming Governor at the Borstal Institution there. This was a position which he absolutely loved, working with young people was his huge strength. He married a South African civil servant in 1921 and spent the next few decades around the south of England as an Inspector in the Childrens Branch of the Home Office.
On 5th November 1940 their only son Bill (Richard Frank Owens), was lost at sea. He was midshipman on HMS Jervis Bay which was escorting a convoy across the Atlantic. They were sunk by the German battleship the Admiral Scheer, and their captain was awarded the VC for his bravery. This loss was of course a huge blow to them all.
In the New Years Honours List of 1951 TPO was awarded the C.B.E for his diligent work.
|Commander of the Most Excellent Order|
Tom and wife Emily went out to South Africa first in 1949 when oldest daughter Jean married in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, South Africa. In 1951 they left Weybridge and returned to Natal to live on the sugar cane farm near Mtunzini, and later moved to Pietermaritzburg. Their younger daughter Elizabeth (Kimber) had settled in Dargle which was not far away. After Emily’s death in 1961 Tom went to live with Jean and her family where he was so loved. He died in April 1968. Emily, and later Tom, were buried at the little church in Dargle.
TOM PATERSON OWENS C.B.E.