Morgan, John Hamilton: Lieutenant (Military Cross, Croix de Guerre (Belgium))

Digitized Service Record

Source: Found via a post at CEFSG which directed to this web site. Keyword search for 18th Battalion.

Military Cross and Croix de Guerre (Belgium).

For conspicuous gallantry and initiative in front of Noirchain, on 9th November, 1918. Throughout the day he kept assaulting the enemy rear-guards with energy and dash. At one point, where the enemy were preparing to make a stand against the battalion on his right, he led platoon against the enemy posts several hundred yards on this flank, and overcoming the obstacles facilitated the advance of the rest.


Playing the Game We Enlisted For London Advertiser November 23 1915 Page 2
London Advertiser. November 23, 1915. Page 2.


This Is the Way Pte. Morgan Describes 18th’s Actions in France.


Threats of Cold Steel Too Much for German Stomach.

Pte. J. Morgan of A Company, 18th Battalion, a London man, in a letter to Jerry McDonald of the Iroquois Hotel, declares that the boys of the 18th are playing the game for which they enlisted.

“Just a few lines hoping to find you and the family all well,” writes Pte. Morgan. “I should have written to you long ago but kept putting it off. We never received the tobacco you sent on to us, but thank you for it, anyway. We are getting tobacco from the Government now.

“I would rather be sitting down in your front room now than sitting in this poor country, for it’s all ruins and the ground is nothing but a huge net of trenches and little graveyards. I am back out of the trenches now for a six-day rest, and then up to the trenches for the next six days. My company has been lucky, considering, for only a few have gone, as you have seen in the papers.

“We are all happy and singing all the time to pass the moments, and playing the game which we enlisted for. I was only 70 yards from the Huns, and had a talk one morning at breakfast time, not a shot being fired until we told them that we would come over the next week and bayonet them without mercy. Then they shouted ‘Hoch’ and fired at us. We ducked our heads.

“We are doing good work, and hope to continue it. Well, I haven’t much news to say. Hoping to hear from you soon. I remain, your friend,


Source: London Advertiser. November 23, 1915. Page 2.

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