Owen Charles (born Charles Owen), was born into a farming family in Brill, near Oakley on 17th February 1896, and was the eldest of 4 siblings. His father was Charles Hawes, and mother Ellen (Nellie). He attended Lord Williams Grammar School where he became a member of both the football and cricket XI’s.
At the outbreak of WWI, he enlisted into the Ox and Bucks Light Infantry (Service No. 200438). He was wounded in 1915, and having recovered returned to the front.
Whilst serving with the 2/4th battalion in 1918 he was wounded and taken prisoner. This was most likely during the German offensive in March 1918 near Saint Quentin. He died of his wounds in a German military hospital on the 16th May 1918, aged 21, and is buried in the Avesnes-Sur-Helpe Communal Cemetery.
His name is also commemorated on the memorial at Oakley, alongside the names of 4 other servicemen from the village, with the surname of Hawes, who also lost their lives during the war.
He left £501 in his will, probate being granted to his mother, but not until 1943.
In Thame his name is remembered on the Lord Williams Grammar School memorial board.