During the Great War, Owen was a conscientious objector, and was suspended from Portsmouth Dockyard for distributing pacifist leaflets. He was also involved in Trades Union affairs.
In July 1920 Owen sailed for the USA on the SS Grampian, with the supposed intention of sending for his family when he was settled.
Instead of which he ‘married’ Amy Gunn in Detroit on 30th October 1926.
Belatedly he sued for divorce from his wife Annie White, on the grounds of cruelty, namely that she refused to come to Detroit to join him. The divorce was granted. on 11th April 1927
Learning of his bigamy, Amy divorced him in Detroit on 21st May 1928.
Owen then moved to Stratford Ontario where he worked for some years at the Koenig Furniture Company .
It is not known where or when he died.