MORGAN, William, Hubert and Frederick

William, Hubert and Frederick were the sons of Thomas and Emma Morgan of Dog Trap, near Inverell NSW.  They were born near Birmingham, England and came to Australia about 1912. The three men were all single and worked on their family farm near Inverell.

William was the first to enlist at Inverell in September 1915 when he was twenty two years old.  He became a gunner with the 5th Field Artillery Brigade Reinforcement 3 and left Australia in January 1916.  After a short time in Egypt he was sent to France in March 1916. He was wounded in action in September 1917 and invalided to England for treatment at Reading War Hospital.  He returned to France in February 1918 and came back to Australia in April 1919.

Hubert enlisted at Inverell in June 1916 when he was twenty. He was one of thirty Inverell men given a public farewell at the Town Hall and presented with the Inverell Medal and socks. He served in Egypt with the Camel Corps 1916 Reinforcements and then the 4th Light Horse Regiment.  He was promoted to Lance Corporal and returned to Australia in June 1919.

Frederick was nineteen when he enlisted at Inverell in May 1918.  He had served a year with the Cadets. He became a private with the New South Wales Reinforcement 26 which left Australia on the ship HMAT A7 Medic on 2 November 1918. When the Armistice was signed the ship was recalled. However influenza broke out on board with Frederick being one of those affected.  He was admitted to the Quarantine Station, at Manly, in Sydney where he died on 25 November 1918.  He was given a full military funeral and buried at the Quarantine Cemetery.

The three brothers have their names recorded on the Inverell Anglican Church, the Fernhill School and Inverell town Honor Rolls. Frederick’s name is also on the Inverell Cenotaph. In 1919 he was one of the men for whom a memorial tree was planted in Kurrajong Parade, Inverell.