Mr Cecil Frederick Owen was born in Acton, London, England on 11 November 1890. One of at least nine children, he was the son of Louis Owen, a commercial traveller, and Mary Gillett, natives of London and Shropshire, respectively. He had two older sisters, Amy and Daisy.
A student of St Stephen’s School in Hammersmith, by 1901 Owen lived with his family at 3 Hetley Road. Between 1909 and 1910 he served as a waiter aboard Carmania, giving his address 3 Great Georges Street, Liverpool. In April 1912 he was a waiter aboard Carpathia when that ship rescued the survivors of the Titanic disaster.
With the outbreak of WWI Cecil Owen served with the 13th Battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment; he died on 24 September 1917 and is commemorated at the Tyne Cot Memorial (panel 86 to 88) in Belgium.