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Percy James Morgan was born in Wolverhampton in 1895, the son of James and Annie Morgan. In 1901 he was at 24 Cardiff Street with his parents, sister Dorothy and uncle Charles Jefcoate. By 1911 they are at 15 Jeffcock Road, together with Percy’s parents, sisters Dorothy Evelyn and Hilda Iris, and a servant, Louisa Hale. Percy was taught at Wolverhampton Grammar School and later worked for the Sunbeam Motor Company.

His sister, Hilda, died in November 1912 at just 10 years old. His father, James, died on 23 March 1913 from a factured skull, having been knocked off his motorcycle by a car coming in the opposite direction on the Penn Road. Percy’s mother, Annie, also died in March 1914, so his only surviving next of kin was his sister, Dorothy.

Percy initially enlisted with the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 9942) and served in Gallipolli. However, he was badly injured when a sniper’s bullet shattered the roof of his mouth, and he was sent home to recover. When he recovered he joined the Royal Flying Corps and became an Air Mechanic First Class. On 12 July 1918 he was flying in a DH6 training aeroplane (piloted by Canadian Lt. Osbert Calverley) which collided with another plane over Cambridgeshire, killed all the men onboard. He is buried in St Philip’s Churchyard, Penn Fields, and is commemorated at Beckminster Methodist Church.

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