MORGAN, Harold Rees

Welch Regiment
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Tuesday, December 1, 1942
Killed in action or died of wounds
Captain Harold Rees Morgan 1 Commando
Captain Harold Morgan from Llanelly died [1] during operations at Bizerte Tunisia. He received a MiD for "gallant and distinguished services in North Africa." [2].
Extract from the Liverpool Evening Express - Tuesday 22 December 1942
Commandos Tunisian Raid - Tired, hungry and battle-stained British commandos have been trickling into a Tunisian town after one of the most daring raids of the war, states a dispatch from Alan Humphreys, Reuter’s, received in London today. The raid was made from the sea during a dark night last week. The landing itself was a most difficult one and the commanding officer said: "Most of us had to swim for it. Fortunately we were unopposed or we should have suffered heavy losses.”  The party’s 3-inch mortars were lost. At a point near Tabarca, on the north coast, the party managed to shoot up quite a number of Germans.” 
After two days they made their way back through 15 miles of enemy-held country, coming under fire from very strong machine-gun posts. They shot some Germans. One group made its way to Bizerta and got to within five miles of the town, but they were very tired. When dawn came they found that they were separated from the safety of the hills by another valley. The commander ordered his men to break up into small parties and he waited until all had gone.
By this time the Germans had spotted the raiders and in getting away the commander, a 28-year-old captain from Swansea [view] , was badly wounded. His companions carried him for two miles but he died.
Another officer casualty was 27- year-old captain from Llanelly [Captain Morgan]. [3] 

Captain Morgan, who was 26 and unmarried, served in the Territorial Army with the 4th Welch before the outbreak of war and volunteered for service in the Commandos on the formation of the unit. In civil life he assisted his father in business as undertaker. [4]
[1] CWGC
[2] London Gazette Supplement 36180 page 4227.
[3] and [4] British Newspaper Archive (website; The British Library Board.
[4] Western Mail - Tuesday 29 December 1942.
[Image] His great nephew Chris Pugh-Bevan.
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