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World War One - Roll of Honour


William James Morgan

   William and his wife Phoebe nee Rye


1887 Hastingleigh, baptised 05 Jun 1887 at Hastingleigh

Service No.

68512 [R.A.M.C.]
45499 [Ox & Bucks]


1915 R.A.M.C.
1918 - 1919 1st Bucks Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Military Notes:

Enlisted 13 Sep 1915 in R.A.M.C
Posted to Aldershot 16 Sep 1915
5 Oct 1915 embarked SS[Steam Ship] Lydia at Southampton bound for Rouen, France.
6 Oct 1915 Posted to No.3 Ambulance in the field
20 Aug 1916 Joined 314 Ambulance Flotilla
14 Oct 1916 Joined No.30 Ambulance Train
11 Nov 1916 to 20 Nov 1916 On Leave
29 Nov 1917 to 13 Dec 1917 15 days on Leave
02 Mar 1918 transferred from Fance to Italy 6 Jul 1918 joined A Section No.11 General Hospital at Genoa Italy
27 Oct 1918 Temporarily and compulsorily transferred to the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry 'for the benefit of the service'.
24 Nov 1918 Joined new unit with new service No. 45499
16 Feb 1919 Transfer to Wimbledon UK for demobilization to reserves Class Z
Discharged 18 Mar 1919 to Army Reserves
Discharged from Reserves 31 Mar 1920

Family Notes:

Son of Henry Morgan and Jane Young who were married 10 Nov 1884 Willesborough. Brother of Henry Morgan, Herbert Morgan, Frederick Morgan [1890-7 Oct 1916 WW1 Casualty on the Littlebourne War Memorial], Alfred Morgan, Louie Morgan, Edith Morgan and Alice Elizabeth Morgan.

1891 address: Park Houses, Littlebourne Kent
1901 address: Park Houses, Wickham Kent
1911 address: Barnsley Hall, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire [County Lunatic Asylum as a live in employee]
9 Oct 1923 Emigrated from Tilbury, London to Brisbane, Australia aboard the 'Jervis Bay'. The remaining members of his wife Phoebe's family emigrated over the following year on the 'Hobson Bay'. (see photos below)

Civilian Occupation:

1915 male mental health nurse
1925 Tractor Driver in Wide Bay Widgee, Queensland
1937 Farmer Elimbah,  Wide Bay, Caboolture QLD. AU


22 June 1922 Bridge Reg. Dist.
to Phoebe Rye [b.1889-d.1935] She is interred at Toowong Cemetery, Brisbane Queensland.


Is NOT listed on the WW1 Honour Roll in Hastingleigh Church



The Ambulance Flotillas, were a series of canal based barges connected end to end, in which soldiers recently wounded would be attended by nursing
staff who would remove filthy clothes, clean and dress wounds and transfer the soldiers in large numbers in the most stable means of transport,
away from the battle front, to casualty clearing stations, to hospitals and to places of convalescence, avoiding transporting them on the bumpy roads.

The WW1 Ambulance Train No.30, operated to evacuate wounded soldiers from two casualty clearing stations (CCS) to hospitals in Genoa Italy,
and Marseilles in France.

Brothers-in-law: L-R Horace Holman (husband of Melinda Rye)
Alex McCullock (husband of Winifred Rye), William Morgan (husband of Phoebe Rye)
and kneeling is Alfred Walter Sayers (husband of Evelyn Rye).
[Horace Holman and Alfred Sayers also served in WW1, Horace with the Australian Forces]