Discussion in 'General' started by vespa100, Apr 16, 2018.
Just picked this collection up to a gentleman by the name of Mr. R.B Owen reg number 4187977
4187977 OWEN Robert B. Pte. Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Born : 20th November 1911 Newtown, Montgomeryshire
Enlisted in the R.W.F. at Newtown 26th November 1927 for 4 years
Discharged Para 207 10th January 1930
Great information Guy cheers, looks like he has had some military history.
NAME: Robert B Owen
BIRTH: Jan 1913 - Newtown, Montgomeryshire
This might be him - as Harkness I can only find 1 Robert Owen born in Newtown and that was in 1913
All England & Wales, Civil Registration Birth Index, 1837-1915
Robert B Owen 1913 Jan-Feb-Mar Newtown Montgomeryshire
John E A Owen 1915 Jul-Aug-Sep Newtown Montgomeryshire
Both with mothers maiden name Bell
Name: Robert B Owen
Mother's Maiden Name: Bell
Registration Year: 1913
Registration Quarter: Jan-Feb-Mar
Registration district: Newtown
Parishes for this Registration District: View Ecclesiastical Parishes associated with this Registration District
Inferred County: Montgomeryshire
England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
Name: Robert Bruce Owen
Death Age: 82
Birth Date: 1913
Registration Date: Oct 1995
Registration district: Welshpool and Llanfylin
Inferred County: Powys
Register Number: 7D
District and Subdistrict: 8802
Findmypast (British Army, Royal Welch Fusiliers 1807-1948 Image) says he joined Regular Army RASC in 1930 (docs at Woolwich)
This would be right as his two RASC patches are with the collection
I have been told by my friend that the patches are "War Department Fleet. The W.D. fleet is an R.A.S.C. organization composed of Water Transport Companies, and Boat Stores Depots (for the provision of Marine Stores to the Army). The Motor Boat Companies were divided into Harbour, Ambulance and Fat Launch Companies and also Oil Barge, Coaster, Floating Workshops, and Fire Boat Companies. The R.A.S.C. Ensign of the W.D. Fleet was a Blue Ensign, on it the crossed swords of the Army badge, and was worn as the shoulder badge of the R.A.S.C. personnel of the Army's own fleet which saw service in Iceland; in the expedition in Spitzbergen; in West amd North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East and North-West Europe
Thanks for all the information, do you think he would have had the same service number pre Ww2 as in Ww2
See this thread Army Number Block Allocations
See the block for RWF.
These numbers came into use in 1920.
Separate names with a comma.