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1 May 1916
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Pte Ernest Morgan, 3/7366, 1st Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action near Arras on May 1st, 1916. He was aged 19.
Born in Dunstable in 1896, his home at the time of his death was 16 Wimbourne Road, Luton. He was the son of Agnes and the late Charles Morgan, who had died in 1910.
After arriving in Luton he was employed as a greengrocer's assistant at the Tuffnell grocery store in Dallow Road. He then worked at the Diamond Foundry and in late 1913 became a special reservist when he had just turned 17.
After training at Felixstowe, he found himself at the Front in November 1914 and saw a considerable amount of action. He was wounded by a bullet in his foot in the fighting at Neuve Chapelle, but made a quick recovery and was soon back at the Front. He was last home on leave for seven days just before Christmas 1915.
Writing to Pte Morgan's mother, Sec-Lieut A. J. Fyson described her son as the most reliable and bravest man in his detachment and most popular among his comrades.
Ernest had two brothers on active service. Pte Alfred George Morgan had fought at Gallipoli with the Yellow Devils, while Pte Edward Philip Morgan was with the 6th Bedfords.