May 5, 1893 (Leitrim, Ireland) – September 26, 1918; 24 years old
Last local address: was 269 W153 St, Manhattan; sister Anna O. Elwood lived at 24 Orchard Street, Norwalk
Entered the service on July 29, 1918
Serial number: 4181245
Unit: 10th Training Battalion Depot, Camp Devens, Massachusetts

Born to Philip Owens (1858-) and Bridget Bohan Owens (1858-). Five sisters, Catherine (1888-1904), Ann Owens Elwood, Mrs. Charles Hendricks, Mary Owens Gilchrist (1877-?), and Helen Owens.

Worked as a Machinist for Locomobile Company in Bridgeport prior to service.

Died from disease, specifically lobar pneumonia. More than likely related to the Spanish Influenza outbreak.

From an unknown newspaper date stamped October 7, 1918


Patrick Owens, of Orchard Street, Left Home on July 29th

Word was received in this city this morning by the relatives that Private Patrick Owens had died at the base hospital, Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, at 3:45 o’clock yesterday morning following an attack of pneumonia. The news was a shock to his family and his large host of friends. he was one of the most popular young men in this city and was well-liked and respected by all who came in contact with him.
He left this city for Camp Devens on July 29 and upon arrival there was assigned to the 37th Company, 10th Battalion, 151st Depot Brigade. He had written a number of interesting letters to his friends and relatives here and was much taken up with army life.
Before entering the service of his country Private Owens lived with his sister, Mrs. N.M. Elwood of 24 Orchard Street. He is survived by four sisters, Mrs. N.M. Elwood, Mrs. Charles Hendricks, Mrs. Peter Gilchrist, and Miss Helen Owens. No arrangements have been made for the funeral as yet until the authorities are communicated with at Camp Devens. The body, however, is expected to arrive in this city tomorrow.

From the Norwalk Hour (Weekly) October 4, 1918

Impressive Funeral Service for Stephen Cifatte, Who Is Laid Away to Rest

Private Patrick J. Owens Interred Today; Both Lie in St. Mary’s Cemetery

One of the most largely attended funerals Norwalk has known took place Sunday afternoon at 3:30 when Stephen Cifatte, one of Norwalk’s best and most promising young men, who several months ago enlisted in the service of Uncle Sam, and who, on Tuesday, September 24, when the great call came, bravely gave up his life, was buried with due military honors in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Catholic Union Council, Knights of Columbus, of which the deceased was a Grand Knight, went to his late home at 45 Main Street and accompanied the funeral procession to St. Mary’s Church. As the body entered the church, Miss Mary Cassidy rendered “One Sweetly Solemn Thought.” The services at the church were conducted by Reverent T. J. Finn, assisted by W.A. McCrans and J.J. McGinness. Following the services, Mrs. Irving Haymes and Mrs. Albert F. Rose rendered “Some Sweet Day”; Thomas McMahon sang “Calvary,” and, as the body was leaving the church, the choir rendered “Lead Kindly Light.” In the funeral procession, in addition to the Knights of Columbus, were Mayor Jeremiah Donovan and the city councilmen. Chief Pennington and other members of the Police Department. Sergeant Ralph Knapp, of Company K of the Connecticut State Guards, together with many other members of the company, and also about 140 other friends of the deceased. The pallbearers consisted of three Red Men, John Brotherton, Algie Searles, and Gregory Iskyian, and three past Grand Knights of Columbus, Frank Dorsey, Albert F. Rose, and Michael E. Dowd. The flower bearers consisted of two Red Men, Arthur Brotherton and Costas Corras, and two members of the Knights of Columbus, Lawrence Paftino and Arthur Riley. There was a great profusion of beautiful flowers which poured from all sides, and which were certainly magnificent. Revered Father Flan conducted the services at the cemetery, and as the body was lowered into the grave, the detachment of Company K fired three volleys. “Taps” was then sounded by the bugler, John Burrows, and was heard by a mass of over 2,000 people who were gathered at the cemetery. A requiem mass was held for the deceased at St. Mary’s church this morning at 8 o’clock. The funeral of Private Patrick J. Owens of the 17th Company, 10th Battalion, 151st Depot Brigade, who died at Camp Devens was largely attended Monday at 8:30 from the home of his sister, Mrs. Nicholas Elwood, 24 Orchard Street, and at 9 o’clock from St. Mary’s Church, where a solemn requiem high mass was sung by Reverend J.J. McGinness, celebrant; Reverend Walter A. McCrann, deacon, and Reverend T.J. Finn, sub-deacon. Mrs. Irving Haymes rendered the solo “Ave Maria”; Thomas McMahon rendered a solo, “One Sweetly Solemn Thought.” and “Lead Kindly Light,” as the cortege was leaving the church. The pallbearers were Maurice Devine, James Tierney, Thomas Murphy, Robert Burns, Dave Galligan, and William O’Neill. A firing squad from the State Guards, under Corporal Dimond, escorted the remains to the cemetery, where volleys were fired over the grave and “Taps” was sounded by Bugler Cane. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

To read the entire NARA burial file, click HERE.

Private Owens is buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery, 15 Broad Street, Norwalk, Connecticut. Section E. Photos by webmaster.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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