Birth date: 27 May 1905
Death date: 29 July 1942
Death place: New Guinea: Papua New Guinea, Papua
Final rank: Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
Service number: VX45223 - Second World War, 1939-1945
  • 2/22nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 39th Australian Infantry Battalion

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Temporary Lieutenant Colonel
  • Date of Death: 29 July 1942
  • Unit: 39th Australian Infantry Battalion

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 2/22nd Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items



Melbourne, Vic. 1943-06-03. At the conclusion of the ceremony of the presentation of posthumously awarded American Distinguished Service Crosses. Left to right: Unknown; Mrs Walker (mother of the late VX4674 Lieutenant Ian W. Walker); Colonel Frank L. Burns, United States Army, Commanding Officer...



Melbourne, Vic. 1943-06-03. Mrs D. Owen, wife of the late VX45223 Lieutenant Colonel W. T. Owen, (left) and Mrs Walker, mother of the late VX4674 Lieutenant Ian W. Walker, being escorted on to the parade ground of the 4th American General Headquarters where they are to receive the American...



Studio portrait of VX45223 Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) William Taylor Owen DSC (Distinguished Service Cross), 39th Battalion, of Leongatha, Vic. He enlisted on 8 July 1940 at Caulfield. Lt Col Owen was taking part in close fighting with the Japanese on the Kokoda trail, in the most forward position...



Date of birth 1905-05-27
Date of death 1942-07-29
Appointment Battalion: 39th