Son of the late Ernest Henry Godolphin Quicke of Newton House, Newton St.Cyres and Adelaide Mary Quicke. Ernest Henry died in 1921.
In the church at Newton St.Cyres is a large wall plaque commemorating his parents and Edward Owen himself :
“ Killed in action Sunday, October 25th 1914 at Givenchy and buried in the battlefield there, aged 27
Greatly beloved, being blessed with the gift of charity and also wonderful kindness and generosity ”.
The book of “Devonshire Regiment 1914-1918” has a description of Edward Owen’s outstanding bravery which led to him losing his life ….. “ in gallantly running across open ground to the Dukes (presumably Duke of Cornwall’s regiment) to tell them that if the French had gone, the Devons were going to stick it out .... ”
In addition to the family plaque in his parish church, there is also a window dedicated to Edward Owen and he is the first name on the memorial to local men who lost their lives in WW1.
He was born at Kaikōura in New Zealand on 16th May 1887 but had come to England by the census of 1901. Edward Owen was at a boarding school in Southsea, Hampshire but the record does not give its name. Ten years later he was in Sidmouth, again as a ‘Boarder’ but presumably no longer in a school; he is aged 23 and has no occupation, just ‘Private Means’ - he does not need to work, but that does not mean he has been idle.
The London Gazette of July 1908 records him becoming a Second-Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion the Devonshire Regiment. Wills Online for 1915 styles him “Edward Owen St.Cyres Godolphin Quicke … a Lieutenant in the Devonshire Regiment .” His Commonwealth War Grave page gives his rank as “Captain” but this may have been an acting rank, rather than a full commission. But no - his promotion to full Captain was gazetted on 17th November 1914 and it makes the comment “since killed in action” - so Edward Owen did not live to see this acknowledged in print.
His plaque in the church at Newton St. Cyres explains that he was buried on the battlefield. This is perfectly possible, but during the ensuing years of war, his grave could have been obliterated by the constant movement of troops and artillery or bombed out of existence. It is equally possible that he could lie in a war-grave cemetery with his identity unknown. As things stand, Edward Owen is named as one of the Missing on Le Touret Memorial.