George Edward Morgan

Labour Corps

Personal Details

Born: 13 October 1891 in Presteign, Radnorshire, Wales.

Family: He was the second of three surviving children born to George Morgan, a shepherd and his wife Mary. He married Matilda J Wilding in 1924 in Church Stretton, Shropshire. No children can be found for the marriage.

Residence: In 1901 he was living with his family in Upper Coston, Clunbury, Shropshire. By 1911 he was a boarder at Wistanstow, Craven Arms, Shropshire. Upon his enlistment in 1915 his address was 156 Wrexham Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire. By 1919 his home was at Long Lane Farm, Craven Arms and in 1939 1 Long Lane, Ludlow RD, Shropshire. At the time of his death in 1968 he was living at 45 Watling Street, Craven Arms.

Employment: In 1911 and 1915 his occupation was described as a butcher. In 1939 he was a dairy farmer.

Died: 30 June 1968, in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, aged 76.

Military Details

Regiment: Labour Corps (previously King`s Shropshire Light Infantry) 

Rank: Private

Service Number: 437206 (previously 22033)

Date of Enlistment: 6 December 1915

Date of Discharge: 8 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation


Medals and Awards

George was awarded the Campaign Medals (British war medal and Victory medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.


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