Owen McAleer was the son of Mary McAleer and the late Mr. McAleer. Owen was born about 1889 in Dungannon, County Tyrone. His father died when he was young. The 1911 census lists Owen as age 22 living with the family in Dungannon. He was working as a blacksmith. Owen McAleer was working as a Trimmer on the S.S. Hunsdon during the war. The Hunsdon was torpedoed by a German submarine on 18th October 1918 bound for Belfast from Le Harve, only a few weeks before the end of the war. Only one man died as a result of the attack by an enemy submarine. Owen McAleer was 25 years old.
The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave. It stands on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square, London, close to The Tower of London.