Owen was the son of Frederick and Emma Sanders of Princess Street, Hamilton
He was born on the 29th of July, 1893, in Cambridge and then educated in Cambridge. On leaving school he became a
farmer in the Matamata and Cambridge areas. He was also known as a leading light in the YMCA. He was a member of the Waikato Mounted Territorials before the war.
He enlisted on the 8th of February, 1916, and travelled to Suez before serving in the Middle East campaign in the 16th Company, Imperial Camel Corps. He fought in the campaigns to drive the Turks out of the Holy Land. After the capture of Beersheba the Turks retired in a northerly direction to the wells at Khuweilfeh. Part of the Camel Corps came under attack on Hill 2023, at Ras el Nagb, on the 6th of November and suffered many casualties. Owen died of wounds on the 6th of November, 1917, age 24. His grave is to be found in the Beersheba War Cemetery, Palestine Row B, Grave 7.