1916 Taken on strength, 4th Reinforcements,Tel-el-kibir

Name: Sydney Herbert Steward Morgan


Birth Date: 1885 Where: England
Died: 1973 Where: Kent, England
Place of Enlistment: Perth, WA Age: 30
Serial Number: 2187 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death: Sergeant

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal, Mentioned in Despatches.


Photograph Morgan

 Service Details:



20 July

1915                      Enlisted, Perth, WA

1 October

1915                      Embarked Perth on "Horatio"

19 January

1916                      Taken on strength, 4th Reinforcements,Tel-el-kibir

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

11 July

1916                      To hospital

2 August

1916                      Returned to duty

5 August

1916                      Wounded

26 August

1916                      Returned to duty

6 September

1916                      Belgium


1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt

4 November

1916                      Promoted Corporal

24 December

1916                      To hospital

1 September

1917                      Rejoined Battalion

18 September

1917                      Ypres


1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

4 October

1917                      Wounded

20 October

1917                      Promoted Sergeant

4 January

1918                      Rejoined Battalion

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

15 June

1918                      Wounded

16 October

1918                      Rejoined Battalion.

11 November

1918                      Armistice

16 March

1919                      Mentioned in Despatches

12 May

1919                      Discharged, London.




Biographical Details:


Sydney Herbert Steward Morgan was born in Ramsgate, Kent, England, on 25th June 1885, the youngest son of a retired sea Captain, Edward Henry George Morgan and Sarah Wright.  He had an elder brother and three sisters.
He was apprenticed for 6 years as a plumber with the firm of WH Martin, and served in the Kent Cyclist Battalion and the 1st Battalion the East Kent Buffs.

He sailed for Australia on the maiden voyage of the “Wandilla” on 28th November 1912, arriving in Fremantle on 28th December 1912, at the age of 27. 
We believe he worked for at least two firms in Perth, H Armstrong and Peter and Moir, before enlisting on 26 July 1915 and joining the 28th Battalion AIF.  He spent a short time in Gallipoli, before being sent to France.  He was wounded on two occasions, and spent some time in England at Hurdcott camp.  He married Annie Mary Bushell “Nan”on the 14th June 1917, and managed a Honeymoon in Ilfracombe in Devon, with his sister Florence and family, before returning to France.
He intended to return to Australia, as in a letter to his sister Adelaide in Malaysia he says....”Perhaps after the war you will hop over to Aussie and look Nan and I up in our humpy in the West”  However, as far as we are aware he never returned to Australia after his discharge from the AIF in 1919.

He returned to Ramsgate and continued to work as a plumber, and had one son Reginald John Steward Morgan, in 1920.  During WW2 Syd was in the Special Constabulary, while his son Reg fought with the Buffs at Alamein, where he was awarded the Military Cross.

Syd was active all his life, loved his garden and helping with decorating.  He continued to cycle the Kent countryside up to his death at the age of 87 in 1973.  He is buried in the cemetery in Ramsgate with his wife Nan.


Submitted by Syd's granddaughters.