Thomas Morgan

Royal Engineers

Personal Details

Born: In 1887 in Conway, Caernarvonshire, Wales and baptised in Gyffin Parish Church, Caernarvonshire on 30 January the same year.

Family: He was the son of Peter Jones, a sailor, and his wife Catherine Mary. Catherine subsequently married Griffith Morgan in 1908 and Thomas took the surname Morgan.

Residence: At the time of his baptism he was living in Gyffin. In 1901 he lived at 6 Sea View Terrace, Colwyn Bay, Denbighshire, Wales and in 1911 he was living at 5 Sea View Terrace, Conway. From 1915 until at least 1919 he was living at 23 Talbot Street, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Employment: In 1901 he was a stationer’s assistant. In 1911 he was a plumber which was  the occupation on his Attestation in 1915.

Died: Not known


Military Details

Regiment: Royal Engineers

Rank: Sapper

Service Number: 388119 (previously 8119)

Date of Enlistment: 19 November 1915

Date of Discharge: 19 March 1919

Reason for Discharge: Demobilisation

Medals and Awards

Thomas 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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