Owen Dowse was born in Abbots Langley during the winter of 1900. He was one of eight children (four sons and four daughters) born to Alfred and Susan Dowse, and at the time of the 1901 Census the family lived in Bedmond.
Owen was first recorded in the Abbots Langley Parish Magazine Roll of Honour in May 1918 serving with “The Buffs” (East Kent Regiment). The Absent Voters Record for Autumn 1919 listed Owen Dowse, living in Bedmond and still serving. It is not known when he was demobilised.
Owen Dowse survived the War, as did his brother’s Alfred and Frederick. Alfred, who served with the Hertfordshire’s was badly wounded in December 1916, and eventually lost a leg as a result of his wounds. Owen was also a cousin of several others of the Dowse family living locally in Abbots Langley and Bedmond.