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Harringay, Haringey - So Good they Spelt it Twice!

Maurice Morgan, Private, 45153, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. Maurice was born at Fishguard. He was the Brother of Miss Elizabeth S. Morgan, of 79, Mattison Road, Harringay, London. He enlisted at Harringay, into the army, and was posted to the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers. The battalion had been in France since the outbreak of war attached to 19 Brigade, and had taken part in the retreat from Mons to the Marne. It then fought at the First battle of Ypres, and transferred on 31 May 1915 to the 27th Division. The battalion transferred again on 19 August 1915 to the 2nd Division, then on 25 November that year they again transferred to the 33rd Division. The 2nd Battalion, RWF fought at the opening of the Somme Offensive, and at the Arras Offensive, before moving North to Ypres. Maurice was Killed in Action at Ypres on 26 November 1917. Maurice is buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. He is not commemorated at Fishguard.


Found on Pembroke County War Memorial Website

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I was moved by Hugh’s post about Private Maurice Morgan who enlisted in Harringay and met his death in the First World War. This prompts me to write about my father Douglas Marr who at the age of eighteen was living in the family home at 63 Warwick Gardens when he signed up at the outbreak of war in 1914. Douglas was a Private in the 7th London Regiment and served as a foot-soldier in France throughout the war. He fought in the battle of the Somme and in one of the battles at Ypres, which left him with two bullet wounds in his shoulder. At one point he was victim of a gas attack, but was sent back to the front after only a brief convalescence, the legacy of which was breathing difficulties throughout his life until he died in 1961.

The thing is, like many survivors of that war, my father would never talk about it. All that I have written above came from other family members and contemporaries. All I ever remember my father saying about the war was that “they looked after the horses better than they did the men”.

I have never attempted to piece together Douglas’s war record, partly because I didn’t think records existed for ‘other ranks’ and I thought it was only possible to do this for commissioned officers. Hugh’s account of Private Morgan encourages me to start to delve into my fathers’ military experiences.

 

Colin    

Thanks for that very personal and moving comment, Colin. If you feel comfortabel with doing so, do come back and tell us if you're able to find out anything about Douglas. Best of luck with your delving.

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