Morgan, Richard Croke

Second son of John Joseph Morgan (Com.1860-1864), of Holland Road, Kensington. His mother was Gertrude Croke Morgan, the daughter of the Reverend George Croke Rowden DCL (Com.1831, Coll.1832). He was the younger brother of Arthur Croke Morgan (F1892-1897), and the elder brother (by his father’s second wife Adelaide) of Edmund Robert Morgan (Coll.1902-1907).

Morgan came to Winchester from Horris Hill and was in OTH VI in 1901 and, in his last year, a Commoner Prefect and in Lords and the soccer XI. He took his degree at University College, Oxford, with second class honours in History, having played a prominent part in college football and cricket. He then became a Professional Associate of the Surveyors’ Institution and entered into practice as a surveyor and land agent with Mr. W.H. Messenger of Guildford. On October 13th 1910 Morgan married Miss Mabel Constance Bovill, the eldest daughter of John Henry Bovill, of Buckland, Betchworth, Surrey.

When war broke out he obtained a commission in the Royal Welch Fusiliers, and while serving in France in 1917 was attached to the Labour Corps, afterwards becoming Adjutant of his unit. His Colonel wrote of him as “a most capable and efficient staff officer, who conducted his duties all through the trying times of 1917 with the utmost skill.” Later he was appointed Assistant Labour Commandant, No.1 Sub Area, at the Headquarters of the Third Army, where he continued till the end of the war. He died at Buckland on February 18th 1919, of septic pneumonia contracted on his way home from France. Morgan left two sons when he died: his elder son, Michael Croke Morgan, came to Winchester as a War Scholar (Coll.1925-1930) and was a temporary assistant master at the College in 1935.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Morgan
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Croke
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1897-1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Welch Fusiliers, attached to the Labour Corps
  • Date of Birth: 9th November 1883
  • Date of Death: 18th February 1919
  • How Died: Died of Pneumonia
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer B1
  • Decoration: NA