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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.