Morgan, David Benjamin

David Benjamin Morgan was born in Pentre, Glamorgan, Wales in 1879.

The 1911 Census shows that the family lived at 23 Elizabeth Street, Pentre, Glamorgan.  The head of the family was William Morgan aged 58, a Coal Miner.  His wife Mary Ann Morgan aged 54 and their four children – David Benjamin Morgan aged 32, who was employed as a Below Ground Colliery Housekeeper, John Morgan aged 27, a Colliery Blacksmith, Gwendoline Morgan aged 23 and William Morgan aged 19, an Assistant Blacksmith.

On Wednesday 30 September 1914, David enlisted at the Recruitment Centre, Cardiff as Private No. 16291, Welsh Regiment.  His Short Service Attestation Certificate, British Army WW1 Service Record can be viewed on ( On enlistment he was described as 5′ 8″ tall, Chest Measurement 35″, Expansion 2″, Fresh Complexion, Grey Eyes, Dark Brown Hair.  His physical development was described as good and according to the Recruitment Officer and Medical Officer he was fit for Military Service.

On Saturday 12 June 1915, he married Elixabeth Helen Roberts and they lived at 86 Wellington Road, Rhyl, Flintshire.  They had one child, Eva Mary Morgan.

On 15 August 1918, being no longer physically fit for war service, David was transferred to the Labour Corps as Lance Corporal No. 129038.

He is also remembered on The North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, North Wales and on a Remembrance Plaque at The Royal Alexandra Hospital, Marine Drive, Rhyl, Flintshire.

Learn more about the other soldiers on the Rhyl Memorial

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