Owen Philip Powell

Name

Owen Philip Powell

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

03/09/1919
21

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Sub-Lieutenant
Royal Navy
H.M.S. "Verulam"

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

ARCHANGEL MEMORIAL
Buried at Styrsudd Point Cemetery, Finland
Russia

UK Memorials

Tewin Village Memorial
Individual plaque St Peter’s Church, Tewin
Harmer Green Memorial
Digswell Village Memorial

Pre War

Son of Owen Markham Powell (solicitor)and Harriet Powell of Harmer Green, Welwyn. Born in Chelsea, 1898. 1901 Census: Living at Harmer Green. Educated at Eton College & left 1916.

Wartime Service

Appointed as Midshipman on 15 January 1917 and served on the HMS Warspite from 3 Feb 1917. Appointed as Sub Lieutenant 15 May 1918 and served on HMS Verulam but drowned when it struck a mine on the night of 3-4 September 1919 and sank within two minutes, whilst on anti-Bolshevik operations in the Gulf of Finland. 8 men washed ashore (only three identified).

Additional Information

HMS Verulam was an Admiralty V-Class destroyer and launched on 3 October 1917. HMS Warspite was a Dreadnought Battleship launched in 26 November 1913. His plaque in the church reads - SUB LT O P POWELL RN - plaque in church - SO HE PASSED OVER AND ALL THE

Acknowledgments

Jim Maynard Robert Gill –" Our Welwyn Garden City" website (Herts Memories), Brenda Palmer