Regiment : 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 8144
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 26th September 1915
Buried : Vermelles British Cemetery, France, Grave I. F. 35.
Birthplace : Martley, Worcestershire, resident Worcester
Relatives : Son of Mr. J. Morgan, 59 Victoria St., Barbourne, Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
India – Military Overseas
Edward Morgan, aged 28, Private with 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment.
From November 1909 the Battalion was stationed at Jhansi, India.
The Morgan family were resident at 59 Victoria Street, Barbourne: Montrose John (father), bricklayer, wife, 1 son and 2 daughters.
Edward Morgan had been a Regular Soldier with 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. The regiment was engaged in the Battle of Loos, which opened on 25th September 1915. As British troops assembled for the assault on Loos, troops from the 2nd Division, which included the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire, launched a diversionary attack east of Givenchy-les-la-Bassee. At 06.30 the main attack commenced. The 2nd Division attacked along both banks of the La Bassee Canal into heavy machine gun fire.
At 07.00 on the 26th September, 2nd Division sent units from the 5th and 6th Brigades, including elements from the 2nd Worcestershire Regiment, to assist the 7th Division in an attack at Hulluch. In the face of heavy machine gun fire they were halted 200 yards short of their objective. Over the next few days the offensive gradually came to a halt, an offensive which had cost more than 61,000 casualties, nearly 8,000 of whom were killed.