James Owen of Penrhos

and his descendants

Gurth killed in action

C.T. Atkinson describes the night attack on Sannaiyat as a distressing experience in which over half the men of 4th South Wales Borderers had become casualties.

2nd Lt A.C Dingley (see also next page) of the North Staffs wrote to Timothy and Emma the following day;-

Yesterday morning about 5:15, I found the body of 2nd Lt Morgan-Owen lying across a small ditch which we immediately converted into our first trench – 400-500 yds from enemy line.

He was lying on his back, one side of his face was discoloured & slightly distorted & as there was no sign of any wound it seemed fairly evident that he had been killed by concussion from a shell. Earlier in the morning & during the attack I had encountered Lt Morgan-Owen, and he had shouted something about getting forward & for a short time we were leading a party forward together. We eventually became mixed with a party of men of several regiments retreating. I lost sight of him & did not see him again alive.

Late afternoon & after we had converted the ditch into a fire trench we buried Lt Morgan-Owen together with Capt Hart of the 7th Staffs two or three yards behind the line. 2nd Lieuts Cargin, Goode, Larker, Atkins, (all of the 7th N. Staffs) were present when he was buried.

In his pockets were two bombs, cheque book, whistle & a handkerchief. We brought away his revolver, identity disc & tie pin which we removed to enable us to get his identity disc. These we have handed to his brother. He was buried without his equipment but otherwise just as he had fallen.