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Death of Mr. William Morgan - Whitchurch local newspaper cutting pasted into Thomas Henry Morgan and Hannah Dean\'s family bible. Newspaper name and exact date unknown. Date: Jan 1931

Death of Mr. William Morgan

OLDEST INHABITANT AND FORMER RAILWAYMAN AT WHITCHURCH

We regret to record the death of Mr. William Morgan, who was the oldest inhabitant of the town of Whitchurch, which took place at his home in Waymills on Monday. The deceased was in his 93rd year, his birthday occurring in April.

The late Mr.Morgan began his long and creditable career on the railway, nearly sixty years, in the service of the London and North Western Railway at Preston, in 1850. He worked himself up rapidly and became a fireman, but in 1858 he met with a serious accident which maimed him for life. In those days, the firemen often had to stand on the frame work of the engine, in order to drop sand before the wheels when the metals were greasy, and unfortunately, in performing this duty, Mr.Morgan slipped, and the result was that he had to have his leg amputated. He recovered from this mishap, and was sent down to Crewe steamsheds, and then on to Whitchurch in 1858, as the line between Crewe and Shrewesbury had just been opened. For some time, he was in charge of the pumping engine, which supplied water for the locomotives and ultimately, when the engine sheds were erected and the line to Chester was opened, in 1872, he was put in charge of the locomotive engine and firemen, eventually retiring from the railway after nearly a record service of 59 years and nine months.

In 1862, Mr.Morgan married Miss Annie Beardshall (sic), and the couple celebrated their golden wedding in 1912. His wife predeceased him in 1917. He leaves four sons, three of whom are connected with the railway companies, one being an engine driver and two stationmasters, and three daughters, to whom the deepest sympathy is extended.

The funeral took place at the Baptist Chapel on Thursday afternoon, followed by the interment at the cemetery. The service was conducted by the pastor (the Rev. S.T. Wright) who, in the course of a brief address spoke very highly of the life of the deceased, and especially of his brightness of character and outlook on life. He had lived to a grand old age, and enjoyed life to the full.

The hymns sung were \"Rejoice, the Lord is King\" and \"For all the Saints.\" Miss Madeley presided at the organ and played \"O Rest in the Lord\" at the conclusion of the service.

The chief mourners were: Mrs. C. Oldham of Crewe (daughter); Mr and Mrs. W. E. Morgan of Crewe (son and daughter-in-law); Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Morgan of Denton (son and daughter-in-law); Mr. J. N. Morgan of Swansea (son); Mr and Mrs. A. R. Morgan of Rhayader (son and daughter-in-law); Mrs J. W. Thompson of Bedford (daughter); Mr. E. H. Lomas (son-in-law) (Mrs. Lomas, a daughter was unable, through illness, to be present), Mr. Leslie Morgan of Manchester (grandson); Mrs. Yoxall and Miss. Florrie Morgan of Crewe (grand-daughters); Mr. Fred Evans and Mr. George Yoxall of Crewe (grandsons).

The bearers were Messrs. T. Dorricott, J. Wynn, J. Beddow and W. Arrowsmith (representing the loco\' department of the Whitchurch Railway Station); C. Stockton (chief inspector) and F. Beckett (representing the traffic department). Members of the Whitchurch lodge of Oddfellows were present, and amongst the wreaths was a tribute from the loco\' department of the railway station.

People:  Ann Beardsall BlackPhoebe Eva DeanJohn Frederick EvansEdith LangfordEdgar Henry LomasAlice Ann MorganArthur Rupert MorganElsie Beardsall MorganJohn Noble MorganLilly MorganThomas Henry MorganWilliam MorganWilliam Edward MorganWilliam Leslie Dean MorganWinifred Thirza Beardsall MorganGeorge Yoxall

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