George William Morgan

Aug 7, 1891

Born in Ipswich, England


Jul 13, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion CEF in Sussex, New Brunswick

Ø  Number 445204

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Quickfall, sister, 6 Leveringtone Rd., Felixstowe, Suffolk, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to No. 16 Platoon, “D” Company

The battalion was training in Valcartier, Quebec


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bramshott camp


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

After leaving the base depot Private Morgan joined the 21st Battalion as they were coming out of the T & R trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was given the task of attacking the strongly defended sugar refinery at Courcelette, as their objective in the battle of the Somme.  During this attack, Private Morgan received a shrapnel wound to his right thigh.  He was evacuated to the field ambulance for first aid, then transferred to the nearby casualty clearing station for treatment.  Because of the severity of the wounds, he was then transferred to the No. 2 Australian General Hospital in Wimereux for treatment


Sep 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 11, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Oct 26, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC at Shoreham


Oct 27, 1916

Posted to the CCAC in Hastings


Oct 31, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Depot in Hastings to undergo 4 weeks of physical therapy at St Leonard’s Hospital


Jan 19, 1917

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 for improperly addressing an NCO


Feb 13, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after joining the battalion it moved to Seaford to continue training reinforcements for the front


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD in Havre, France and TOS the 21st Battalion


May 5, 1917

After leaving the base depot he rejoined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Roclincourt, France


Nov 3, 1917

During the night of November 3-4, the battalion moved into the Passchendaele front and the Germans made a determined attack.  Private Morgan received shrapnel wounds to his left elbow and right hand.  He was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid then transferred to the No. 44 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Nov 6, 1917

Transferred via the No. 36 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Nov 15, 1917

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne to continue his recovery


Nov 20, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 Rest Camp to continue his recovery


Nov 23, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Dec 1, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart then proceeded from there to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Jan 3, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 20, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 8, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on Marcelcave, France, Private George Morgan was killed in action and later buried in the Crucifix Corner British Cemetery, south of Corbie, France



Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Mrs. Sarah Quickfall, 20 Fainsborough Road, Felixstowe, England

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. John George Morgan, 23 New Street, Ipswich, England

There was no Memorial Cross issued

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