28-year-old William Stanley Morgan was killed in action on 6th June 1916, serving as a Corporal with the 1st/6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment.
He was born in Bordesley in 1888, and was the second of three sons born to parents John Crutchley Morgan, grocer, and his wife Annie Beatrice (née Holworthy). The family moved from Bordesley to Castle Bromwich sometime between 1901 and 1912. Trade directories show John Crutchley Morgan living at Coniston, The Green, Castle Bromwich in 1912, and Fairview, Castle Bromwich in 1913. The family had moved to Bordesley Green by 1916.
William’s death was reported in the local newspaper:
While out with a bombing patrol in France, Corporal W. S. Morgan, of the Warwickshire Regiment, has been killed. Morgan joined the army in October 1914, when resident at Castle Bromwich, and in a few months’ time he was sent to the front, where he rapidly won a reputation for his judgment and daring as a bomber. His parents live in Belcher’s Lane, Bordesley Green.Birmingham Daily Post 5th July 1916
He is buried at Hebuterne Military Cemetery in France, and is also commemorated locally on the Castle Bromwich village war memorial, and on the plaque in St Mary & St Margaret’s Church, Castle Bromwich.
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