Owen was born in Dunedin in 1916 to Hugh Hughes and Jane Stewart. His formal name was Hugh Owen Hughes, but he always went by Owen - probably because his father was also Hugh.
Owen had a cheeky sense of humor. He probably needed it. When he was young, he served in the New Zealand Army in WW II and was posted overseas. My understanding is Germany. He was awarded medals of service and recognition, which he never accepted. From what my mother told me his platoon was attacked and he was the sole survivor, so the medals meant nothing to him and for some time he suffered survivor's guilt. An issue for many men, I am sure.
Owen had three children with his first wife Heather Thomson, whom he married about 1944.
They later divorced.
He went on to marry Mary Elizabeth Dunnet .
They had no children and lived a long and happy life together frequently visiting the children and grandchildren resulting from the previous marriage.
He was a beloved father, grandfather, husband and friend to many. He finally succumbed after almost a decade of strokes in 1997.  and his ashes were scattered in Portobello, Dunedin.
At birth Owen was Hugh Owen Hughes. During his life, he was known as Owen Hugh Hughes, even by beloved family members. His death record also reflected the name he went by in life. I suspect no one was any the wiser, except perhaps his own parents who had named him.
After he passed, his son sent away for his medals and had them framed in a photo for Mary. Those are the medals with him as a young man in the image.
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