Morgan, Osborne

Osborne Morgan was born in Bagillt, Flintshire during 1896 and at that time the family lived in Tabernacle Place, Bagillt.

The 1911 Census tells us that the family lived at 9 Hanmer Terrace, Bagillt.   The head of the family was Robert Morgan aged 51, who was employed at Bettisfield Colliery as a Coal Mine Deputy.   His wife was Margaret Morgan aged 50 and their four  listed children  were Thomas Morgan aged 20, who was also employed at the Mine as an Underground Haulage Driver.  Anna Morgan aged 18, who was a Teacher at the local County School.   Osborne Morgan aged 15, who was employed at Bettisfield Colliery and Mary Elizabeth Morgan aged 10 years.

Osborne Morgan enlisted at the Recruitment Centre, Flint in 1915 as a Private in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He was awarded a Distinguished Certificate for Bravery on 10 July 1916, during the Battle of Mametz Wood. (Mentioned in Despatches).The County Herald Newspaper reportedWe are pleased to record that Corporal Osborne Morgan, son of Mr & Mrs R Morgan of Bryn Rhosyn, Bagillt has gained a distinguished honour in the Field in that he has been awarded a parchment certificate.  Our Representative has seen the certificate which the gallant young soldier has sent home to his parents, and it states how he distinguished himself.  The Corporal who is 22 years of age, we are all sure will be congratulated by the residents of Bagillt upon his heroism in the field’.

In the same newspaper a year later his death was reported.  Osborne Morgan had arrived in France with the Battalion on Wednesday 1st December 1915. He seved with distinction at Mametz in 1916 but  He died of wounds on Sunday 8th July 1917, sustained during the battle of the Somme. He was aged 21 years.

On 14 November 1917 a payment of £3.16s.6p was made by the War Office to Mrs Margaret Morgan, this being monies owed to her son Osborne.  On 10 November 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £12.0s.0d was also made to her.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for Osborne Morgan at the County Archives Office, Hawarden, which was completed by his father Robert.   Details of his medals were obtained from

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

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