A Collection of Medals to the South Wales Borderers

Date of Auction: 27th February 2019

Sold for £140

Estimate: £80 - £120

Three: Private E. Morgan, 1st Battalion, South Wales Borderers, who died of wounds at Givenchy on the Western Front on 27 January 1915

1914-15 Star (13367 Pte. E. Morgan. S. Wales Bord:); British War and Victory Medals (13367 Pte. E. Morgan. S. Wales Bord.) good very fine (3) £80-£120


Evan Morgan was born in Blaenavon, Monmouthshire in 1882, and attested for the South Wales Borderers. He served with the 1st Battalion during the Great War on the Western Front from 10 December 1914, and died at a time when the 1st Battalion was involved in heavy fighting around the town of Givenchy.

His medal index card describes him as dying of wounds on the 27 January 1915, whereas Soldiers Died in the Great War lists him as being killed in action on the same date. The regimental history mentions no hostilities for the battalion on the 27 January but the previous day was a day of heavy fighting during the Givenchy counter attack in which the battalion’s losses are given as 21 other ranks killed and 2 officers and 40 other ranks wounded. It is probable therefore that Morgan died on 27 January 1915 from wounds received on the 26 January 1915. He is buried in Le Touquet-Paris Plage Communal Cemetery, France.

Sold with copied Medal Index Card and other research.