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M.B.E. GROUP & PRESENTATIONAL SILVER BANDMASTER'S BATON TO PTE. T.G. MORGAN, R.W. FUS.

*** RESERVED *** M.B.E. (Military Division); 1914-15 Star to 17731 Pte. T.G. Morgan, R.W. Fus.; WWI War & Victory Medals to 17731 Pte. T.G. Morgan, WWII Defence Medal; 1953 Coronation Medal. Hallmarked silver presentational baton in case with inscribed plaque: 'Presented to Band Master T.G. Morgan, M.B.E. on his retirement by all ranks S.P. Coy. 1960'.
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Thomas George Morgan was born on 10 Dec 1895 in Neath, Glamorganshire and served with the 1st Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, entering France on 18 May 1915, demobilised on 3 Feb 1919. Post-war, Morgan married Beryl Pask on 6 Nov 1920 in Moriah Chapel, Risca, Monmouthshire. Subsequent service from 1924 - 1938 as Drum Major and 1948 onwards with the 2nd Battalion, Monmouthshire Regiment, Territorial Army saw Morgan promoted to Warrant Officer Class 1 as Bandmaster. He was awarded the M.B.E. (Military Division), Gazetted 13 June 1957. The copy photograph was taken outside Buckingham Palace in 1957 when Morgan was awarded the M.B.E. and his son Roy Morgan was awarded the R.V.M. on the same day: "Bandmaster Morgan gave valuable service for 14 years before the 1939-45 War as Drum-Major of the Bn. Shortly after the Territorial Army was reformed he gathered a Band together and re-joined with the Band. In the initial stages he even provided the musical instruments. With the band now in the unit, and he as Bandmaster, their very great encouragement and inducement enabled the Battalion to gain recruits and become well established. As a musician of great knowledge he is well-known and respected in the area. This, combined with his strong personality, has resulted in regular reinforcements of good musicians and soldiers in the Band. He has been particularly selective and ensured that all Band members are of the right type and keenness to be soldiers as well as musicians. By his leadership and tuition the administration and performance of the Band are first class and the reputation and the unit as a whole, as a result, is consequently held in high esteem. He devotes a considerable portion of his spare time to the unit, over and above the normal parade hours. He is active at bringing the Band before the public eye and and performs continously at local functions and South Wales competitions. Many potential bookings cannot be accepted owing to training commitments. Consequently, solely due to Bandmaster Morgan's efforts, a considerable influence is exerted in the area, and a large number of recruits to the unit are due to this influence."

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