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MORGAN and WALLACE plot

In loving memory of

William John

Beloved husband of

Isabella MORGAN

Died 6th December 1932

Aged 58 years

 

None knew thee

But to love thee,

None named thee

But to praise.

 

Also

 

Isabella

Beloved wife of

William MORGAN

Died 26th November 1958

Aged 85 years

 

A loving and true wife

A wonderful mother

And pal,

Sweet memories.

 

Also

Beloved son Jack,

Dearly loved husband of Allie

Beloved father of Murry (sic) and Val,

Died in Melbourne 13th March 1943

 

Ever remembered by his loving

Mother, Jim, Mabel and Lilian

 

[Flat gray stone plaque]

In loving memory of

John (Jack) WALLACE

Dearly loved husband of Mabel

And loved father of

Allan and Donald

Passed away 8th January 1977

Also of

Elizabeth Mabel WALLACE

Loved wife and sweetheart of the Late Jack

Passed away 28th September 1983

Lovingly remembered

 

[Smaller dark grey plaque]

In loving memory of

Elizabeth Mabel WALLACE

Died 26th September 1983, Aged 83 years

Loved wife of Jack

And their dearly loved son

Allan William WALLACE

Died 11th July 1994, aged 74 years.

 

Area 1 Block A Lot No 90B

 

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Sergeant Major William John MORGAN was a NCO in the general duty section of the New Zealand Permanent Forces.

 

As a Range Warden at the Penrose Rifle Range he suffered an unfortunate accident in 1905 when “failing to notice that firing was still going on when he attempted to cross in front of the firing point to use the telephone. The whole matter was purely accidental and no blame attached to any one.” Further documentation states “as a result of this accident Mr. Morgan’s injured leg is between two and three inches shorter than the other, and he is obliged to wear a special boot, and also a surgical steel spring as support to the limb.” A soft nosed Martini rifle bullet was the culprit. William’s stay in the district hospital was for a year and then transferred to a private hospital for several months. [1]

 

On 2nd May 1925 he was put forward for his promotion to the rank of Sergeant. The recommendation state:

“…He has held his present appointment for 20 years and has always been energetic and most reliable.

 

In addition to the duties laid down in Small Arms Training (part 111) he has to carry out the following:

(a)Care and issue of rifles to Territorials and Cadets.

(b) Responsible for and issue of all ammunition and return of empty cases etc.

(c)Responsible for seeing that any special regulations governing the shooting are complied with.

(d)As a carpenter he is often asked to carry out work away from the Rifle Range.

He has 250 Rifles and sometimes as many as a half a million rounds of S.A.* Ammunition in his charge.

 

He is a first-class shot and if this promotion is approved he will be able to take charge of any odd parties of Territorials or Senior Cadets who wished to shoot on an occasion when no officer or member of the N.Z.P.S. was present.” [1]

Promotion was approved on 7 May 1925.

 

[1]William married Isabell (Sic) McKay NESS, spinster at St Peter’s Church, Grey Lynn on November 7th 1894 by Reverend R SOMMERVILLE. They had 4 children

John William born 12 July 1896, Auckland

James Crichton born 17 August 1898, Auckland [although his military records state 17 August 1896 and later - 1895]

Elizabeth Mabel born 7 February 1900, Auckland

Lilian Mary born 5 January 1902, Auckland

 

In 1933 William’s widow was trying to get compensation from the Defence Department for William’s injuries in the 1905 accident on the Penrose Rifle Range, however it was ruled that William had been given more than fair consideration at the time the event occurred.

 

Documentation shows that William wrote to the defence force in 1909 stating that

“the doctors and private hospital expenses totalled £118-10/- of which I have paid £90…the balance (£28.10/-) which is still owing to Doctor Purchas is giving me mental worry.

 

In my present financial position I see very little hopes of settling the account. I therefore respectfully request that the Council of Defense make me a grant to enable me to pay off the said account… Your obedient servant W.J. Morgan Caretaker Penrose Rifle Range.”[1] The force went on to settle the Doctors account for William.

 

The defence force had on 13 December 1905 “granted without prejudice a sum equal to £1 per week up to and for the 1st January next, and in full settlement and discharge of all claims which that N.C.Officer may consider he has against the N.Z. Government in respect to the accident which occurred to him at the Penrose Rifle Range, on 23rd September last.

A voucher for £14-8-6 being for the period from 23rd September 1905 to 1st January 1906 has been passed for payment, and Morgan will receive the cheque in due course.”

 

William petitioned Parliament for compensation for “the loss of his foot” [1 - page80] being made to retire at the age of 55 with a meagre pension of £65 pa which would not support him and his family. He had many people backing him through this period and his military file of 250 pages make for interesting reading.

 

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James Crichton MORGAN

WW1 service number 13/3052; Rank: Trumpeter

Stockman for Irvine and Stevenson on enlisting

Lived at the Rifle Range, Penrose on enlisting

Member of the 10th and 29th reinforcements Mounted Rifles.

Military medical forms state his left testicle had been removed.

 

Attestation: 17 Nov 1915. Embarked 1 Sept 1916 onboard Australian transport ship “Ascanius” to NZ and discharged 28 Nov. 1916 due to injury (“[illegible word] detachment of left eye caused by kick from a horse in Egypt”). Medical transfer certificate states he had acute metastatic (not traumatic) choroiditis – with opacities in vitreous. Now rapidly subsiding.

 

On Territorial reserve forces from 29 Nov 1916 to 12 July 1917.

 

Re enlisted 13 July 1917 until suffered malaria in Cairo and sent to hospital 13 October 1918 and sent home via Suez 25 December 1918. Fully discharged 20 March 1919.

 

 

SOURCES:

[1]

Military records online

archway.archives.govt.nz/ViewFullItem.do?code=7880554&amp...

 

 

 

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