David John Morgans

First Name: 
David
Middle Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Morgans
Date Enlisted: 
Thursday, April 6, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Lance Corporal
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Company: 
20th Reinforcements
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Details: 

David John Morgans (Service No 6282) was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. He moved to Australia and lived on Main Rd, Bulli with his wife, Edith Emma Morgans.

David enlisted in April 1916 at the age of 25 years and 1 month; he was a miner prior to the war. Records show he enlisted in Kiama.

He embarked from Sydney on 9 September 1916 on HMAT Euripides, A14. He was a private in the 13th infantry Battalion, 19-23 Reinforcements (August-November 1916). He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 January, 1918.

While on service, David received a cablegram in February 1917 regarding the birth of his daughter.

David disembarked on 12 June, 1919 returning to Australia. On his return, he was issued with the British War and Victory medals.

David’s family have kept and preserved photos, letters and postcards which he sent from the front. As well as his diary from the front which is still intact in its original leather case.

Records of David John Morgans not only remain with the National Archives and Australian War Memorial but also with the ‘Bulli Black Diamond Heritage Museum’ and the ‘Illawarra Historical Society.’

Sources: 
Australian War Memorial, Embarkation Rolls – David John Morgans, Australian War Memorial Canberra, 2014, http://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/R1900572/, viewed 2 October 2013.
NAA: B2455, MORGANS DAVID JOHN

Images

Kiama Camp 4th September 1916. David John Morgans (fifth row, fourth from right)
David John Morgans (front row, far right)
Picture of the diary in a fabric case.
Sepia photograph of David and Edith in wedding attire.
Scan of letter
Pay book of David John Morgans
Postcard from David Morgans to Edith depicting the town of Douai, France
Black and white photo of six men in uniform with David Morgans
Scan of postcard dated 30/4/18

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