This blog is a companion to the Database of Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Sapper Douglas Morpeth of Mar Lodge

A general search around the internet for photos of Douglas Morpeth turned up this interesting photo on the Great War Forum. The photo shows a group of men who embarked as reinforcements for a Field Artillery Battalion, recently arrived at Lark Hill for training. Morpeth, far right, didn't stay in Field Artillery, being transferred to the 3rd Division Signals Company. Here he distinguished himself under enemy action, and was awarded a Military Medal. Douglas's father was a noted Stock and Station Agent, and Douglas was moving along the same career path before the war. Douglas was included on an Honour Board featuring men in the stock industry. You can read a bit more about Douglas's Military Medal, and find a link to the Stock Agents' honour board on this webpage. On this page you will see two photographs, courtesy of the late Jim Frost, which had belonged to his father Eric who is also in the photo above with Douglas Morpeth.