Ystradgynlais Wargraves

John Price Morgan

Ystradgynlais Fallen of World War Two

John Price Morgan served in the Royal Air Force and was killed in June 1940 when the Anson aicraft he was aboard crashed at sea during a reconnaissance mision over French coastal ports. He is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

He was born in Abercrave, the son of Richard and Esther Morgan, and attended Bryn Seion Chapel, Abercrave, where he is remembered upon a plaque.

The information on John Price Morgan has been compiled from a number of sources, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, from the South Wales Voice newspaper, and the Parish Burial Register (courtesy of the Swansea Archives).

The new Ystradgynlais War Memorial was erected in 2016.

John Price Morgan

Ystradgynlais Fallen of World War Two

NameJohn Price Morgan
Date of Death28th June 1940
Place of DeathCrashed in the sea near to the French coast
Age at Death29
Unit and RegimentRoyal Air Force; 500 Sqdn. member of crew of Anson I N5226 (Read further details on www.RAFcommands.com)
Service Number626428
Local MemorialsMaesydderwen Roll of Honour
Ystradgynlais War Memorial
Memorial Plaque in Bryn Seion Chapel, Abercrave - Slate Plaque which replaced the original Brass Plaque
Rolls of HonourBook - "Old Acorn" Maes y Dderwen School, Ystradgynlais
Book - "ROLL OF HONOUR Ystradgynlais and District", St Cynog's Church, Ystradgynlais.
NotesSon of Richard (born 6th Dec 1875) and Esther (born 4th March 1876, died 1954) Morgan of Bronyrallt, Abercrave, Swansea, who had married in 1904.
SistersCatherine (born 1910)

The Memorial at Bryn Seion Chapel, Abercrave is a slate plaque, commemorating three members of the congregation who had fallen in the Second World War.

The Runnymede Memorial commemorates by name over 20,000 men and women of the air forces, who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. (Source: CWGC)

From The Llais

The Llais newspaper prided itself on being the source of a plethora of local information, including on the fate or circumstance of soldiers during the war, and on the death of members of the community over decades of reporting.

From the South Wales Voice newspaper, Friday August 1st 1954 reported on the death of John Price Morgan's mother:-


We regret to report the death on Sunday of Mrs Esther Morgan, wife of Mr Richard Morgan Abercrave, after a long and trying illness, patiently borne.
Mrs Morgan was a native of the locality. She was a member of Bethlehem Congregational Chapel and until her illness was a faithful worshipper.
Mr and Mrs Morgan suffered a tragic bereavement in World War II when their son, Mr John Price Morgan, who was in the RAF, was killed during an operational flight.