Charles Morgan AM

b. ? d. ?

DATE OF AM ACTION: 11/09/1878 Abercarn, Monmouthshire.

Very little is known about the life of Charles Morgan, a collier, other than his actions at Abercarn Colliery, Monmouthshire in September 1878.



0n the llth September, 1878, an explosion of firedamp occurred in the Abercarn Colliery, in the county of Monmouth, whereby 260 persons perished, and. on which occasion the greatest possible gallantry was exhibited in saving about 90 lives. The force of the explosion was terrific, doing great damage to the roadways and to the bottom of the shaft, and setting the coal and timber on fire in several places. Into this state of confusion and apparent danger to life, Charles Morgan and certain others, without hesitation, descended, and, although it was discovered that fires were raging in the mine, and that consequently the chances of another explosion were considerable, he remained with them at the gallant and humane work of rescue, not reascending the shaft until it was certain that no one was left alive below.