Chaplain John Morgan (Reverend) Connor

Biography of Chaplain John Morgan (Reverend) Connor

Born in Biggar, Lanarkshire, on 21st January 1872, John Morgan Connor was the son of David Connor, Minister of the United Free Church in Govanhill. John also chose to be a Minister, but had a very different career as an Army Chaplain in peace and war. After finishing his early education at Hutchesons he began his studies for an MA degree in 1889. At that time his family lived at 23 Albert Road, Crosshill. He took a leisurely pace through university, graduating in 1893.

In the intervening years he studied Latin and Greek, but with a wide curriculum that included Mathematics, Natural Philosphy and Literature. In his final two years he concentrated on Logic and Philosophy, and it was in these subjects that he excelled. He gained a number of mentions in the prize-list, almost all for Logic and Moral Philosophy, though he also took a first place for classwork in Professor Andrew Bradley's Literature class in 1891. The distinguished Professors John Veitch and Edward Caird taught him Philosophy. He seemed to have been a conscientious student.

After graduation he became a chaplain in the army and served abroad in Khartoum and Cairo. When the Great War began, he was attached to the King's Own Scottish Borderers in Dublin, and he went to the Front with them in 1914. In December of that year he was Mentioned in Despatches (MID) by General French. Later he was transferred to the Glasgow Highlanders and it was while serving with them that he was wounded. It was in July 1915 and he was conducting a funeral service when a shell burst, killing several men and wounding others.

He survived the war, however, with a distinguished service record. He was three times Mentioned in Despatches (MID) and awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). He attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After the war he lived at Ormonde Street, Cathcart, but retired to Newport. The Reverend John Morgan Connor died on 28th March 1952, not long after his eightieth birthday.



Chaplain John Morgan (Reverend) Connor
Rank: Chaplain
Regiment: Royal Army Chaplains Department - Highland Light Infantry
Degree: N/A
Awards: Distinguished Service Order, Mentioned in Despatches
Comments: N/A
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/381
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University of Glasgow Registry, Faculty and General Council Records

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Records (GUAS Ref: CH 4/4/2/3/381)

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