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Charles Morgan CPL CHAS MORGAN 8TH A.&.S.H.

S/20863 Corporal Charles Young Morgan

1st/8th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
missing presumed dead 21st March 1918
aged 24
Vadencourt British Cemetery, Maissemy
Glasgow Royal Technical College Roll of Honour

Son of Daniel Morgan and Mary Gallacher, Co-operative Terrace, Bridge of Weir
Husband of Robina (Ruby) Boyle and father of Agnes Mary

His Life

Charles Young Morgan was born on 19th March 1894 in Ranfurly, Bridge of Weir, one of a family of ten (five surviving by 1911) children born to Daniel Morgan from Glasgow and Mary Ann Gallacher from Cathcart, Renfrewshire, who had married in Hutchesontown, Glasgow on 31st December 1879.

In 1891 Daniel (35), Mary (30), and five of their children were living in Gilmour's Land, Bridge of Weir. Daniel was a baker. His younger brother John Morgan was a leather currier in Glasgow and had a large family including Tommy Morgan, born in 1898, who became one of Glasgow's most successful music-hall and variety artists. Tommy was therefore a full cousin of Charles Morgan.

By 1901 the Morgan family was at Cooperative Terrace, off Main Street, Bridge of Weir. Peter (15) was an apprentice baker. Charles (7) was at school. The two oldest girls were no longer in the family home.

In 1911 the family was still living in their two-roomed flat in Cooperative Terrace, with a grandson, John and a visiting cook, Agnes Hart, on the night of the census making eight in the household. By then Peter and Charles were pastry bakers and Mary was a baker's book-keeper, probably all in the family business. Charles certainly was, and he also attended classes at Glasgow Technical College.

Charles Morgan married Robina Logan Boyle, thread millworker, in St Margaret's Chapel, Johnstone on 30th April 1917. Charles's residence by then was Maxwell Terrace, Bridge of Weir and Robina (Ruby), who was a daughter of Michael Boyle, fish merchant and Mary Logan, was from 3 Dimity Street, Johnstone. They had a daughter, Agnes Mary, on 1st February 1918.

Daniel Morgan

Despite his father Daniel using the good offices of a local influencer, Thomas Glen-Coats of Ferguslie Park, to write to the Paisley recruiting officer, Captain Williamson, exhorting Charles to be enlisted in the Glasgow Yeomanry with the hope of joining his older brother Peter, then in Egypt, it must have fallen on deaf ears, as the Army was traditionally inclined to do. Charles Morgan was duly enlisted in May 1917 into the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, and was later made Acting Corporal in the 1st/8th Battalion.

He was posted to France and was reported missing on 21st March 1918, the first day of the German Spring Offensive. The 8th Argylls suffered 15 killed, 106 wounded and 144 missing that day. He was not officially presumed killed on that date until January 1919. His memorial is at the Vadencourt British Cemetery in Maissemy near Saint-Quentin in the Pas de Calais, near the front line trenches that were overwhelmed on that day.

His older brother Peter had volunteered for the Glasgow Yeomanry in August 1914 and was serving in Palestine in 1918 and 1919.

On 3 May 1921, Charles' father Daniel wrote to the records keeper of the 8th Argylls for details of where his grave might be found since he wanted to visit it.


1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Birthplace
Name Age Name Age Name Age
Margaret10 Glasgow, Lanark
Cath5 Bridge of Weir
Peter4 Peter15Peter25 Bridge of Weir
Mary2 Mary13Mary22 Bridge of Weir
Patrick9 mo Bridge of Weir
Charles7Charles17 Bridge of Weir
Elizabeth 3Elizabeth13 Bridge of Weir


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