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12th Royal Sussex Regiment Officer medal pair

£115.00

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Western Front medal pair to Captain Leslie James Morgan, 12th Battalion, Royal Sussex Regiment.

Leslie James Morgan was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Royal Sussex Regiment on 8 June 1915. His narrative appeared in 500 of the best Cockney war stories.

A Mission Fulfilled
On August 28, 1916, we were told to take over a series of food dumps which had been formed in the front and support lines at Hamel, on the Ancre, before a general attack came off.
On the following night Corporal W——, a true and gallant Cockney who was in charge of a party going back to fetch rations, came to my dug-out to know if there were anything special I wished him to bring.
I asked him to bring me a tin of cigarettes. On the return journey, as the party was crossing a road which cut through one of the communicating trenches, a shell struck the road, killing two privates and fatally wounding Corporal W——.
Without a word the corporal put his hand into his pocket and, producing a tin, held it out to an uninjured member of the party.
I got my smokes.—L. J. Morgan (late Capt., The Royal Sussex Regiment), 1 Nevern Square, S.W.5.

The 1939 Census see Morgan and his wife Nina living in Fitzhead, Wellington, Somerset as a poultry farmer. He died in Barnstaple in 1952.

British War and Victory Medals (CAPT. L.J. MORGAN.)