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FrankP

I have been trying to track the war service of Captain (later Major) John Gilbert Morgan RAMC. He served with the 1/2 Welsh Field Ambulance often attached to the 1/5th Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Suvla Bay and later in Palestine including the battles at Gaza. Although it seems that his Army record has been lost he is mentioned on several occasions in the war diaries of both the 1/2 WFA and the 1/5 RWF. The trail however ends when the Welsh Field Ambulance was disbanded in Palestine in Sept 1918. At that time he joined the 170th Combined Field Ambulance. Kew do not appear to have records for the 170th. Does anyone know where they might be found? We have photographs of him with what looks like the 170th in Turkey at Mersin, Belemedik and Bozanti. They may well have been helping Allied POWs held at camps in the area. Any information on the 170th and why they were in Turkey would very helpful.

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FrankP

Thanks for the link JP. Probably awarded at the Third battle of Gaza but difficult to be certain.

 

Frank P

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TEW

TNA have a diary (not digitised) for the 53rd division's 170th Indian Combined Field Ambulance which starts Aug 1918 for Egypt, Palestine & Syria.

 

Apologies if this is not what you're looking for.

TEW

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FrankP

TEW,

 

Thanks for this. All advice and suggestions are very welcome. I will check with John Morgan’s grandson whether this was the file that he read recently at Kew.

 

Frank P

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clk

Hi Frank,

 

On 02/09/2019 at 09:16, FrankP said:

Probably awarded at the Third battle of Gaza but difficult to be certain

 

For his actions on 7.11.1917. 

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Image sourced from the National Archives

 

Regards

Chris

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FrankP

Chris,

 

Our best guess is that most of the time he was attached to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers - probably the 5th battalion. If so it is likely that the MC was awarded during the attack on Khuweilfe. The notation on this - 7 November - is consistent with this. As far as I know the RWF were not involved directly in the assault on Sheria but Khuweilfe was a supporting and adjacent action. 

 

Many thanks for forwarding this. It is another piece in the jigsaw. Is there a link to the original on the NA site?

 

Frank

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Hi Frank,

 

The image appears on p173/268 of this free download. The associated index card is on p2374/2454 of this free download.

 

Regards

Chris

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FrankP

Chris,

 

Thanks once again for your help. It is much appreciated.

 

Regards,

 

Frank

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