Topic: Private Robert Henry Morgan

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A soldier of the Great War who died of wounds.

Private Robert Henry Morgan – 6/2206  

Morgan, R. H.

Robert was born 21 Jun 1889 in the Chatham Islands, third son of William and Eliza Annie Morgan. Five of his brothers also served during the war. He spent the early part of his life in the Chatham Islands, where he also received the early part of his education. When the family moved to Canterbury he attended the Glentunnel School. Prior to enlisting he was employed as a shearer and packer for musterers, his last employer Mr Rutherford of “The Peaks” Medbury. He was 5ft 6 ½ inches tall with a reddish complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.

He enlisted on 21 July 1915 and was assigned to the Canterbury Infantry Regiment and embarked on 13th June 1915 with the Fifth Reinforcements. After time at Gallipoli he spent a period of time in hospital in Ismailia suffering from gastritis in January 1916. Along with the New Zealand force he embarked on the Franconia for France on 6 April. He was admitted to hospital in Abbeville on 28 August with multiple wounds from a training accident. He was undergoing training in throwing live Mills grenades when one went off early in his hand. He died 11th September 1916, aged 27 and was buried in the Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France. Robert is remembered on the Malvern County and South Malvern War Memorials.

                                   

 CWGC locale history: For much of the First World War, Abbeville was headquarters of the Commonwealth lines of communication and No.3 BRCS, No.5 and No.2 Stationary Hospitals were stationed there variously from October 1914 to January 1920. The communal cemetery was used for burials from November 1914 to September 1916, the earliest being made among the French military graves. The extension was begun in September 1916.  Abbeville Communal Cemetery contains 774 Commonwealth burials of First World War and 30 from the Second. The Extension contains 1,754 First World War burials and 348 from the Second. The Commonwealth sections of both cemetery and extension were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfiel
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Private Robert Henry Morgan


First Names:Robert Henry
Last Name:Morgan
Date of Birth:21 June 1889
Place of Birth:Chatham Is
Date of Death:11 September 1916
Place of Death:Abbeville, France
Memorial or Cemetery:Abbeville Communal Cemetery
Age at death:27
User Name:L M Seaton
Occupation before enlisting:Shearer
Marital Status:Single
Regiment or Service:Canterbury Infantry Battalion
Country:New Zealand
Enlistment details:21 July 1915
Parents or Next of Kin:Son of William and Eliza Annie Morgan, Whitecliffs, South Malvern
Service Number:6/2206
Rank last held:Private
Embarkation:13 June 1915
Place of Embarkation:Wellington
Transport:Mauganui or Tahiti or Aparima
Theatres of War:Gallipoli, Somme
Cause of Death:Died of wounds
Other biographical information:One of five sons who served