James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants
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Civilian & family life

After the war Morgan became a master at Repton School (1909-1937), where from 1920 he was housemaster of the New House; it was from here that he wrote applying for his 'Victory Medal Emblem' in 1920. I am told that, when driving a car, he would take one of his pupils with him to help him with reversing. He was made Lt-Col of the OTC Repton School Contingent, with seniority as from 1 December 1917 but with pay and allowances of a major.

His pupils at Repton included Roal Dahl and Valentine Lawford. Lawford entered the diplomatic service where he travelled the world as diplomatic private secretary to Ernest Bevin, Lord Halifax and Anthony Eden, secretary to Churchill at Yalta and interpreter for Churchill and de Gaulle. Lawford described Morgan and Doris as the most glamorous couple he knew. Morgan listed philately as one of his recreations and, thanks largely to former pupils such as Lawford sending him stamps from around the world, he had the most wonderful stamp collection. The sale of the album in 1978 covered the cost of a year’s fees at Shrewsbury for his grandson.

Doris Morgan-Owen Morgan Maddox Morgan-Owen wedding On Wednesday, 19 August 1925 [Ashby Z 1925, 3rd qt] Morgan married Doris Marjorie Turner (left) (1896 – 1957), the only daughter of Sir John Turner, D.L., J.P., of Donisthorpe, Leicestershire, near Burton-on-Trent. He was a well-known colliery proprietor. The wedding was a great county occasion as testified by the photographs and a newspaper report of the time. Doris had lost a sweetheart in the war. She was a great beauty and very shy and like many shy people she was considered aloof.

Morgan and Doris had three children, two daughters and a son. Morgan was almost fifty when his first child was born and his children saw him as being rather old and cantankerous, particularly in the morning. On Morgan’s annual visit to Shrewsbury School, his son would pretend Morgan was his grandfather. The children spent every school holiday not with their parents but with their maternal grandparents at their home, Stanleigh House though they went on holiday as a family for a week in August and always to the same place at Rhos-on-Sea.