Helen was born in 1897, the daughter of Vicar George Owen (b. 1849) and Minnie C I (1866). She had four other siblings: Charlotte E (b. 1891), Cordelia Evangeline (b. 1892), William L (b. 1893) and Ada Gwynedd (b. 1898). By the 1911 census she is reported as living at The Vicarage in Gobowen.
Helen worked as a dispatch clerk at Park Hall Military Hospital. She was paid 33s/6d a week.