Pioneer 119552 Enoch Morgan

Morgan Enoch 96 450x600
Grave photograph courtesy of www.livesofthefirstworldwar.iwm.org.uk

Died Home on Wednesday, 26th April 1916, age unknown.
Buried in Grave 14 "U." 119. at Newport (St. Woollos) Cemetery, Monmouthshire, United Kingdom.

Royal Engineers, 81st Labour Battalion.

Born: Tipton, Enlisted: London, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 25th September 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives survived and transcribed.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/390066/

Genealogical Data

1891 Census
321 Dudley Port, Tipton, Staffs.
Enoch Morgan (56, Coal Miner, born Tipton), his wife Hannah (56, born Tipton), and their 5 children: Samuel (26, Coal Miner, born Tipton), Enoch (19, Boiler Yard Helper, born Tipton), William (17, Hinge Filer, born Tipton), Joseph (14, Coal Miner, born Tipton), and Hannah (10, born Tipton).

1901 Census
7 Hoskin Street, Newport Monmouthshire.
Living with his brother-in-law and sister, Henry and Sarah Dinham, and their 2 children was: Enoch Morgan (27, General Labourer, born Tipton).

1911 Census
No trace on Enoch, he was not living with his sister Sarah in Newport.

Personal Data

Enoch Morgan was born in Tipton, but by 1901 he was living in Newport, and there is no indication that he ever returned to Tipton.

Enoch attested 15th September 1915 in London as a Pioneer in the 8th Labour Brigade of the Royal Engineers. He gave his address as 'no fixed abode', he was 43 years and 11 months old, 5 feet 7½ inches tall with a 37½-inch chest, and weighed 135 pounds.
His next of kin was his brother William Morgan, Kates Hill, Dudley.

Just 10 days after enlistment Enoch arrived in France; as a Pioneer/Labourer no specific military training was needed. Within 6 months, Enoch's health had deteriorated and he was sent back to England.

An army form completed in 1919 stated his mother as Mrs Hannah Morgan of 18 Pugsley Street, Newport, Monmouthshire, and his married sister Sarah Dinham was at the same address. His father had already died.

After Enoch's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £26/9/9d (26 pounds, 9 shillings and 9 shillings), this was reduced by 7/6d (7 shillings and 6 pence) towards 'funeral expenses'. The balance was paid to his sister and Sole Legatee, Mrs Sarah Dinham, in September 1916. His War Gratuity was £3/0/0d (3 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his sister in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Enoch had enlisted within the previous 12 months.

Action resulting in his death

Enoch was invalided home 13th March 1916 suffering from Bronchitis, and stayed in Reading War Hospital. On 15th April he was thought much improved and was transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom. After only 2 days here, he was moved to the County of London Hospital at Epsom, where he died on 26th April from a cerebral haemorrhage. He is buried in St. Woollos Cemetery, Newport.

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