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SA8840 Trooper David Gibson Morgan –10th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles 
 
David Glyndw Morgan and his twin sister Maud Gwendoly Morgan were born on 4th April 1881, the youngest of five children born to Matilda and Thomas Morgan.[i] Later official papers listed David as David Gibson Morgan
 
The Morgan family had arrived in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 on the ‘Birman’ and then moved out to farm in the Takapau Valley, Tawa Flat, David and his older siblings were born in the Takapau Valley and later attended school at the Tawa Flats School.
 
David completed one year as a volunteer for the Heretaunga Mounted Rifles before he enlisted, as had his older
cousins, Albert, Henry and Edward, in the New Zealand Mounted Rifles for service in South Africa. In April 1902 when
David signed his enlistment papers he was a single 22 year old employed at the Porirua Mental Hospital as a poultry farmer.[ii]
 
SA8840 Trooper David Gibson Morgan sailed on the 14th April 1902 in C Company, North Island Battalion of the 10th Contingent, New Zealand Mounted Rifles. Also sailing in the 10th Contingent were SA8904 Trooper Winford Robert Kilmister, from Pauatahanui, and SA8878 Trooper Arthur William Sievers, from Makara. The 10th Contingent arrived in South Africa on the 27th May 1902 and had moved to Newcastle, South Africa when on the 31st May 1902 peace was declared.
 
Men of the 10th Contingent sailed back to New Zealand leaving South Africa in July 1902. Also returning to New Zealand was the 9th Contingent and Trooper David Morgan’s elder brothers SA7469 Lance Corporal Henry and SA7470 Trooper Edward Stanley Morgan.
 
David Morgan was discharged from the NZ Mounted Rifles and for his service in South Africa, was awarded the King’s South Africa Medal with the 1902 clasp.
 
It is not clear if David went back to work at the Porirua Mental Hospital but he is noted as at some stage receiving
training as a hairdresser.[iii]
 
In 1907 David's uncle, Thomas Morgan sold the farm in Takapau Valley and purchased land in Levin. Thomas erected a building which from 1908 was operated as a billard hall, tobacconist and hairdresser. David also moved to Levin  and in 1908 David married Charlotte Louisa Adsett. The Adsett family were a well established Levin family. Prior to 1910 David took over the lease of his uncle's billiard hall from anothercousin but he was not a successful businessman.[iv]
 
David and Charlotte Morgan had at least three children, and lived in the Horewhenu District.
 
David Gibson Morgan died in Palmerston North in 1957.[v]
 
 
References:
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: SA8840 Trooper David Gibson Morgan
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files; SA8904 Trooper Winford Robert Kilmister
Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: SA8878 Trooper Arthur William Sievers
Papers Past Online
NZ Units in South Africa 1899 – 1902: NZ History Online
 
Photos:
Richard  Seddon with 10th Contingent Soldiers: NZ History online
 
 
[i] Births 1881/4293 amd 1881/4294: Births, Deaths & Marriages Online
[ii] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: SA8840 Trooper David Gibson Morgan
[iii] Bankruptcy (20th April 1910) Horewhenua Chronicle
[iv] Bankruptcy (20th April 1910) Horewhenua Chronicle
[v] Archway Archives New Zealand Military Files: SA8840 Trooper David Gibson Morgan
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New Zealand Premier Richard Seddon with Officers and Men of the 10th Contingent  April 1902