Leo MORGAN
Rank: Private
Number: 35572
Unit: 8th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 12 May 1917
Age: 27
Cemetery: Amara War Cemetery, Iraq

Leo was born in Little Hulton (now part of Salford). By early 1916, when he enlisted into the Army, the family had moved to the Stockport area. After the War, his parents, John & Catherine, were living at 123 Love Lane, Heaton Norris.

Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) was part of the Turkish Ottoman empire and an ally of Germany. Then as now, Britain relied heavily on oil from the area. When war broke out in August 1914, British troops were quickly sent to the area to protect its interests by occupying the oilfields and pipeline near Basra. 

Conditions for the men were appalling. Extremes of temperature (120 degrees F was common); arid desert and regular flooding; flies, mosquitoes and other vermin: all led to very high levels of sickness and death through disease. Under these conditions, units fell short of officers and men, and all too often the reinforcements were half-trained and ill-equipped. Medical arrangements were quite shocking, with wounded men spending up to two weeks on boats before reaching any kind of hospital.

Leo is presumed to have been in hospital in Amara when he died. The annotation in regimental records that he "died" (as opposed to "died of wounds") indicates that this will have been illness or another non-combat related reason.

   
           
   
     
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