Cowen, John Edward

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 25
Date of birth: 1893 (Q1)

Parents: John Thomas and Theresa Evelyn Cowen
Wife: Leah Hazelhurst
Address: 36 Chapel Street

Occupation: Butcher

John Edward Cowen was born in Warwick early in 1893 and was christened on 5th March 1893 at St Mary’s. The church register records that his father, also John, was a Colour Sergeant and gives his residence as Budbrooke Barracks.

In 1901, his parents, John and Theresa (nee Hutchings), were living and working as Stewards at the Liberal Club in Redditch.  Also living there at the time were John’s older brother Herbert (9), his younger sister Olive (7) and his mother’s sister Lily Hutchings.

By 1911, the family had moved to 105 Bordesley Green, Birmingham.  John Senior is described as an ‘army pensioner’.  John and his older brother Herbert are both working as butchers and Olive is working as a shop assistant.  New additions to the family are Theresa Minnie (3), Thomas Frederick (2), and Frank Colin (3 months).

John married Leah Hazelhurst in Aston in early 1915.

John’s mother Theresa completed the Shrine application for John’s name to appear on Warwick War Memorial as she was living back in Warwick at 36 Chapel Street.

Theresa died on 9th April 1938, aged 66.  John Thomas died on 28th April 1941, aged 85. They are buried together in Warwick’s Birmingham Road Cemetery (S/11/1).

Military Service

Rank & Number: Gunner, 49657
Regiment/Service: 30th Siege Battery Battalion, Royal Garrison Artillery
Date of death: Saturday, April 27, 1918
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action
Commemorated/Buried: Red Farm Military Cemetery, Ypres
Awards: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Nicholas Church


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Shrine application courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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