The War Graves of Ystradgynlais

Thomas John Morgan

Thomas John Morgan served with the Royal Field Artillery and was killed in action in France in October 1918. Thomas was killed in action during the 100 days offensive, on 17 October 1918, aged 21 years.

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

NameThomas John Morgan
Date of Death17th October 1918
Place of DeathFrance
Age at Death21
Unit and RegimentRoyal Field Artillery; 21st Bty.
Service Number259754
Additional InformationLived with Grandmother Ann Hopkins (widow born 1851) at Cefn Coed Uchaf, Abercrave. Born Ystradgynlais. Former Collier (hewer)
Local MemorialsYstradgynlais War Memorial
Coelbren Roll of Honour, Miners Welfare Hall
Coelbren Church Plaque and Pulpit Memorial
Family DetailsSon of John (born 1870) and Elizabeth Morgan (born 1870) of 9 South Street Beaufort Monmouth
Known BrothersWilliam (born 1899)
Half brother was Richard Morgan who also died in the First World War
Known SistersMary Elizabeth (born 1892)
Edith May (born 1894)

TJ Morgan was one of the fallen of the First World War, mentioned in the Llais (27th September 1919) to be included on the Proposed War Memorial List for Abercrave.

When the war memorial was constructed many decades later, he was listed under Coelbren. Presumably, he lived somewhere in between and could have been considered for either, but since Abercrave was not separately delineated on the memorial, it was decided to put him down as Coelbren, rather than Ystradgynlais (which includes the rest of the Abercrave war dead).

From the Labour Voice 4th January 1919:-

Intimation was received from the war office by Mrs A Hopkins of Cefn Coed farm that her grandson Gunner Thomas John Morgan R.F.A. has been killed in action. Gunner Morgan, previous to joining the colours was employed at the Abercrave Colliery. Great sympathy is felt with all the relatives and friends.


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