Friday 23 February 2024

Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen, DSO (1877 – 1950) - Wales football international and captain - WW1 soldier

With thanks to John Daniel for finding this information for us 

Morgan was born on 26th February 1877 in Cardiff, Wales. His parents were Timothy Morgan Owen, a Schools Inspector, and his wife, Emma Owen, nee Maddox.  Educated at Shrewsbury School, Morgan went on to become a teacher.  In 1901 he was working as an Assistant Master at Forest School in Walthamstow, London.  

Forest School officially opened as Forest Proprietary Grammar School on 1st  October 1834.  

Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen was described as the best Centre Half of his time in the world. He captained Wales in their first win against Scotland on Scottish soil in 1906 and Corinthians FC, the famous London based amateur side, when they inflicted on Manchester United, their heaviest ever defeat, 11-3 in 1904.  Morgan also captained the Corinthians on many overseas trips. One in particular to Brazil in 1908, inspired the formation of one of Brazil's most famous clubs, Sport Club Corinthians Paulista, FIFA Club World Cup winners in 2000 and 2012.

On the 1911 we Census find Morgan listed with his brother Hugh in Repton, Derbyshire, where he was an Assistant Schoolmaster at Repton School.  Hugh’s occupation was described as Colonial Civil Service in Nigeria

Morgan enlisted four days after the declaration of the First World War and fought at Gallipoli, where he was wounded, and at Passchendaele on the Western Front. He initially joined the 1/4 Batallion of the Essex Regiment, was attached to 11th (Service) Battalion, The Rifle Brigade 12/12/16, and made Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel and attached as CO to 10th (Service) Battalion, The Rifle Brigade 01/12/17.  Morgan relinquished his Temporary rank and re-attached to 11th (Service) Battalion 03/02/18.  Although he entered the war as a Captain, due to the fact that so many officers were killed in action, Morgan became a Lieutenant-Colonel within weeks and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918.

After the War, Morgan married Doris Marjorie Turner on 19th August 1925.  The 1939 Census finds Morgan and his wife living in Repton, with Morgan’s occupation described as Retired House Master.   He died in Derbyshire in 1950.

Sources:  John Daniel, Find my Past, FreeBMD, Wikipedia,