Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthJanuary 1, 1970
Place of BirthEastbourne, Sussex
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMrs. Richard Morgan (mother), York Hill, London Road, Brighton, Sussex, England
Trade / CallingNight Clerk
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number147852
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion78th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Date of EnlistmentJuly 17, 1915
Age at Enlistment25
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathAugust 25, 1946
Age at Death56
Buried AtElmwood Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Morgan, Harry Maurice

Private Harry Maurice Morgan was the son of Richard and Alice Morgan of Brighton, Sussex, England. He was born in Eastbourne, Sussex in 1890 and he was one of ten children. At the time of the 1891 census his family was living in Eastbourne and his father was a brewer’s clerk. In 1901 they were living in nearby Crawley and Richard was a brewer’s traveller. By 1911 the Morgans had settled in Brighton where Richard was manager of a hotel.

Harry immigrated to Canada a few years before the war started and by 1913 he was living in Kenora, Ontario. He joined the local militia unit, the 98th Regiment, and in the summer of 1913 he trained with them at Sewell Camp (later called Camp Hughes) in Manitoba. When the war started in August 1914 some members of the regiment enlisted in the first Canadian contingent. Recruiting for a second contingent started two months later and Harry may have tried to enlist in Kenora. The local paper listed ‘Henry M. Morgan’ as one of the volunteers who signed up but if he did he was not accepted.

About nine months later, on 17 July 1915, Harry enlisted with the 78th Battalion in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He said he had served with the 98th Regiment in Kenora and he was currently enrolled in the 100th Winnipeg Grenadiers. He gave his birth date/place as 22 June 1893 in Brighton, Sussex, England and his occupation as night clerk. Next of kin was his mother Mrs. Richard Morgan in Brighton. Harry trained with his unit for eight months in Winnipeg and at Camp Hughes. He was discharged on 17 March 1916 in Winnipeg, due to being undesirable.

Harry was married in Winnipeg two months later, on 17 May 1916. His wife, Mabel Elizabeth Peterson, was the daughter of Gustave and Sophia Peterson. She was born in Sweden around 1897 and her family came to Canada when she was a child. Henry and Mabel had one daughter, Marjorie Mabel, who was born on 12 May 1917. When the 1921 census was taken they were living on Hargrave Street and Harry was working as a driver for a bakery firm. He started working as a dispatcher for Moore’s Taxi around 1932 and he was with them for 14 years.

Mabel died in the Winnipeg General Hospital on 8 April 1943, at age 46. Harry passed away at St. Boniface Hospital on 25 August 1946, at age 56. He was survived by his daughter Marjorie in Vancouver. Harry and his wife are both buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Winnipeg. Mabel’s parents, Gustave and Sophia Peterson, are also buried there.

By Becky Johnson

Grave marker photo courtesy of Dave and Janice (#48339528) on There is no grave marker for Harry.

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