Corporal Owen Withers

© Royston Williamson 2015
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Jim Edwards for this research.

Owen Withers (b late 1893) was the youngest son of Edward (a self-employed organist) and Charlotte Maria Withers of 6 Vincents Road, Dorking. He attended the High School. Owen first went to France in March 1915. He was severely wounded at St Julien the following month.

Owen Withers Missing Notice 7th October 1916 © Surrey Advertiser
Owen Withers Death Notice 30th December 1916 © Dorking Advertiser findmypast.co.uk

He was initially reported missing and then confirmed to have been killed on 9th September 1916. He was a corporal (2454) in the 1st/12th Battalion County of London Regiment (The Rangers). He has a special memorial (shared with Gilbert Smithers) in St Martin’s church. He is also commemorated on the St Paul’s Church memorial.

Lived                           Dorking

Son of                          Edward and Charlotte Maria Withers of 6 Vincent Road, Dorking

Enlisted                       1914, London

Regiment                     1/12 Battalion, London Regiment (The Rangers)
Number                       2454

Date Overseas            9th March 1915

Date of Death              9th September 1916
Place of Death             France
Cause of Death           Killed in Action

Age                              22

Memorial                     Thiepval Memorial

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