Thursday, 7 December 2017

Private Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN 6842 - WW1

Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN was born at Hillston, New South Wales on the 4th of January 1885, the fifth child and second eldest son of John Osborn MORGAN and Martha WARD.

He never married.
Thomas enlisted in the A.I.F 24th Battalion on the 31st of July 1917. 
He was age 31 years and 7 months,  5 foot 10 inches tall, weighed 11 stone 11 pound, fair complexion, blue eyes 6/6, fair hair, Religious Denomination C of E (Church of England).

Description
"Studio portrait of 6842A Private (Pte) Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan. A labourer from Euroa, Victoria prior to enlistment, Pte Morgan embarked with the 20th Reinforcements, 24th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Nestor on 21 November 1917. Later posted as missing in action, it was subsequently discovered that he had been wounded in action and was being held as a prisoner of war in Germany. Following the Armistice he was repatriated to England and returned to Australia on 31 March 1919. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had a concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930s, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers’ notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative."  

Thomas was single.
Next of kin on his papers was his mother Mrs. J Morgan of Kirkland Street, Euroa, and his permanent address was given as Kirkland Street, Euroa.
Copyright expired - public domain
Thomas also enlisted in WW2.  His service record has not yet been examined.
MORGAN THOMAS F : Service Number - V380702 : Date of birth - 04 Jan 1888 : Place of birth - HILLSTON NSW : Place of enlistment - EUROA VIC : Next of Kin - MORGAN MARTHA


This photo of Thomas is in the Morgan Family Reunion Book.  
Could this be a WW2 photo and the above a WW1 photo?
Can any family members help?

All these Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan's are confusing. 

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Private Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN 55670 - WW1

Thomas Fitzherbert MORGAN applied to enlist in the Australian Imperial Forces on the 23rd of March 1917.
As he was under the age of 21 years both parents, T. F Morgan and Sarah Annie Morgan, had to sign their consent.

Thomas enlisted on the 2nd of  May 1917, aged 18 years and 2 months. His Service Number was 55670.
Occupation  Boot repairer.
Born near the town of Euroa.
Marital status single.
Next of Kin, father Thomas F Morgan Euroa.
Permanent address, McGuiness St Euroa

As all enlistees had to do, he signed the declaration:
I, Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan, swear that I will well and truly serve our Sovereign Lord the King in the Australian Imperial Force from 2 - 5 - 17 until the end of the War, and further period of four months thereafter unless sooner lawfully discharged, dismissed, or removed therefrom; and that I will resist His Majesty's enemies and cause His Majesty's peace to be kept and maintained; and that I will in all matters appertaining to my service, faithfully discharge my duty according to law.

SO HELP ME, GOD

Taken and subscribed at Euroa in the State of Victoria this 2nd day of May 1917 as a Private in the 7th General Victorian Reinforcements.

Thomas was 5 foot 3 and a half inches tall with a chest measurement of 30 - 33 inches.
Weight 8 stone 6 pounds.
Fair complexion.
Blue eyes both 6/6
Fair hair
Religious Denomination Presbiterian (sic)

Embarkation from Australia was on the 23rd of July 1918 on board  A74 HMT "MARATHON" at Melbourne
Disembarked A74 London on the 27th of September, 1918.
A74 HMAT MARATHON.
Copyright expired - public domain

Thomas was a Private in the 1st training battalion from Australia allotted to RFTS 7th Battalion.
He proceeded overseas from Southhampton to France on the 25th of January, 1919.

On the 8th of February, 1919 he was admitted to hospital with influenza.
On the 22nd of February, 1919  he rejoined his unit from the hospital.

Thomas returned to Australia from England on board the Persic on the 23rd of May 1919.

Copyright expired - public domain
Either one of two Private Thomas Fitzherbert Morgans who were first cousins once removed.
Australian War memorial Description
"Studio portrait of T F Morgan, either 6842 Private (Pte) Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan or 55670 Pte Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan. A labourer from Euroa, Victoria prior to enlistment, 6842 Pte Morgan embarked with the 20th Reinforcements, 24th Battalion from Melbourne on HMAT Nestor on 21 November 1917. Later reported as missing in action it was subsequently discovered that he had been captured and was being held as a prisoner of war. Following the Armistice he was repatriated to England and returned to Australia on 31 March 1919. 

55670 Pte Morgan, a boot repairer from Euroa, Victoria prior to enlistment, served as a Corporal with the 1st (Depot) Battalion at Broadmeadows before reverting to the rank of Private and embarking for overseas service 7th Victorian Reinforcements from Melbourne on HMAT Marathon on 23 July 1918. He was later allotted to the 7th Battalion but the Armistice was declared before he could join his unit and he returned to Australia on 13 July 1919. Note: Although both men share the same name and are both from Euroa, there is nothing on their records to indicate any relationship. This is one of a series of photographs taken by the Darge Photographic Company which had a concession to take photographs at the Broadmeadows and Seymour army camps during the First World War. In the 1930s, the Australian War Memorial purchased the original glass negatives from Algernon Darge, along with the photographers’ notebooks. The notebooks contain brief details, usually a surname or unit name, for each negative."

Thomas later became a hairdresser and in 1924 was living at the Albion Hotel in Horsham, Victoria.

In 1926 he married Cathrine OLIVER.  They moved to Romsey in Victoria.

The Victorian electoral rolls show Thomas and Cathrine living at Romsey in 1931 and 1936 where he was still a hairdresser.

Thomas also enlisted in WW2
MORGAN THOMAS FITZHERBERT : Service Number - VX105801 : Date of birth - 18 Mar 1898 : Place of birth - ROMSEY VIC : Place of enlistment - FIELD QLD : Next of Kin - MORGAN CATHRINE

By 1949 they were living at 29 Thomas Street, Williamstown and were there until the 1980 Victorian electoral rolls.
Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan died in 1982.
Victorian death registration number 14802.

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Monday, 27 November 2017

There are family trees and there are family trees

Recently I revisited a reunion book for my maternal grandmother's MORGAN family that was held at Euroa in November 1980.

The book was compiled from family members stories and photos by Rhonda Payne nee MORGAN who dedicated it to her grandparents Arthur and Eva MORGAN.

Book cover. 
It was later discovered that Sarah Morgan's maiden name was BLOUNT, not Brunt.


This book contains an extensive family tree of descendants of John and Sarah who migrated as assisted immigrants to Australia from Herefordshire, England in 1842 on board the ship "Lady Fitzherbert".

Over the following years and still ongoing, the family trees have been added to by an enthusiastic group of our family history researchers.

Tucked away inside the book I found a page written out by my Nanna Daisy FLEMING nee MORGAN.
These were a list of the children of her grandparents, Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan and Mary Ann Pike, all but two of her father's twelve siblings using the names she knew them as.
The two who aren't listed died in childhood. 
They are John Morgan (1867 - 1874 Euroa) and Maurice Morgan (1881 - 1882 Euroa)

Starting from the top of the list, which isn't in date order but as Nanna remembered each family.  Priceless and such a memory!

Uncle Ben - Benjamin Morgan born 1885, Euroa died 1910 Boggy Creek.
Wangaratta Chronicle, Wed Feb 9, 1910. "Sudden Death at Boggy Creek. - A young man named M. B MORGAN, 21 years of age, was found dead in his bed on Saturday morning at the residence of his brother, Mr. Wm MORGAN, Boggy Creek.  Deceased was a labourer, and had worked for Mr. H JONES and Mr. W C LEWIS, Moyhu.  While working for the latter he complained of heart pains and had to cease work.  On Wednesday last he consulted Dr McLAY, who told him that he was suffering from heart disease, and that from indications he would not live many days.  The remains were taken to Euroa for interment, as the family grave is in the cemetery at that place."

Uncle Tom & Auntie Sarah (Euroa) - Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan the 2nd born 1868 and died 1943 at Euroa.  Married Sarah McNay in 1894. They had eleven children Archibald, William, Thomas, Marion, Sarah, Jane, James, Benjamin, Harry, Edward and John.

Uncle Alex and Auntie ? - Alexander Frederick Morgan born 1875 at Euroa died 1946 at Eldorado near Wangaratta.  Alexander first married Emily Wakenshaw in 1897.  They had five children Herbert, Elizabeth, George, Emily, and Isabella.  His wife died in 1902.  Later Alexander married Alice Irene McCann in 1909.  They had four children Violet, Benjamin, Frederick, and Thomas.

Uncle Jock and Auntie Edie - John Pike Morgan born 1879 at Euroa, died 1953 at Jerilderie, NSW.  He married Edith Elsie Tynan.  They had no children.

Uncle George and Auntie Janet - George Morgan was born 1870 Euroa and died 1957 Euroa.  He married Janet Crockett in 1910.  They had one son, George Alexander Morgan.

Uncle Bob and Auntie May - Robert Maurice Morgan was born 1873 at Euroa, he died in 1952 at Wangaratta.  Robert married Hannah Mabel Morgan (no relation) in 1912.  They had ten children Ivy, Clifford, Robert (Maurice), Vivian, James, John Thomas (Tom), Benjamin, William, Arthur, and Norman.

William Thomas and Ada May (Mum & Dad) - William Thomas Morgan was born 1872 at Euroa, he died in 1950 at Wangaratta.  He married Ada May Hulme in 1905.  They had five children, four girls who had boys nicknames Clarice (Tod), my Nanna Daisy (Billy), Mavis (Bobby), Lila (Johnny) and then Herbert.

Uncle Ted and Auntie May - Edward Richard Morgan born 1883 Euroa died 1959 Melbourne.  He married Maria Paterson in 1909.  They had seven children.  Reginald, Gladys, Sylvia, Melinda, William, Edward and Jean

Uncle Fred and Auntie Nell - Frederick Alexander Morgan (it gets confusing when there are brothers Alexander Frederick and Frederick Alexander!) was born 1891 at Euroa and died 1939 Berrigan NSW.  He married Nellie Morgan (no relation) in 1911.  They had nine children. Frederick Attwell, John, Thomas Roy, Joyce, Valda, Nellie, Margaret, Ronald, and Faye.

Auntie Ease and Uncle Archie McNay - Isobela Sarah Morgan was born 1877 Euroa, died 1946 Yarrawonga.  She married Archibald McNay in 1896.  They had three children.  Marion, Lilian, and Archibald.

Auntie Pops and Uncle Harry - Marion Morgan (Pops) was born 1889 Euroa and died 1924 Beechworth, Victoria.  She married Henry Thomas McCoomb in 1911.  They had five children.  Neil, Marion Winifred, George, Evelyn, and Elsie. 

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