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Harold Rolfe Owen

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Harold Rolfe Owen (1899-1940) founder of H. R. Owen

1899 November 06th. Born in Yorkshire

WWI. Served in the Royal Flying Corps and in 1917 was badly injured in a crash, spending a week in a coma. It was almost a year before he could walk again.

After the war was over he returned to uniform, joining the Indian Army.

Worked for National Benzole Co

1927 Joined Jack Barclay and became General Manager

1932 Formed H. R. Owen

1940 February 17th. Died. Fell ill when on tank manoeuvres with his regiment, the 4th Queen's Own Hussars, following an emergency operation to remove a brain tumour.

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