William was born in 1880 at Penallt. The 1891 census showed him aged 11, a scholar, residing with his father at an address “Nr Old Church”. The 1901 census shows he resided at 161 Victoria Road, Coleford, as a boarder in the house. His occupation was “Grocers Assistant”, aged 20.
The 1911 Census shows he lived at Blackbrook Cottage, he was aged 32, had married, and his wife Edith Elizabeth A. Morgan (Nee Rowlands) was 33. William was working at the Redbrook Tinplate Works as a “Sheet Opener”.
He joined 9th Battalion Welch Regiment. He enlisted at the town of Tonypandy and became 33558 Private William John Morgan. He was killed in action 7th July 1916, aged 37. At the time of his death, he was listed as the son of William and Mary Morgan and husband of Elizabeth Alice Morgan of Tinworks Road, Lower Redbrook, Monmouth.
He served in France and Flanders. His medal entitlement was the British War Medal and British Victory Medal but not the 1915 Star. As he has no known grave, he is named on the Thiepval Memorial.
See also the description within In Memoriam