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Johnny Longden (left) and Morny Wing (right).
At the Curragh, Aug 1949 (just before Wing retired as a jockey).
Picture courtesy of Elizabeth Innes.
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See similar shot in Irish Times, August 29, 1949.

Albert Wing,
a groom,
mar Ada Rollinson,
had issue:

  1. Morny Wing,
    flat race jockey.
    Mornington Albert Wing, born 2 Aug 1896, Albert Street, Doncaster, Yorkshire (horse racing town).
    Named after the champion jockey Morny Cannon [Herbert Mornington Cannon, born 1873, British flat race champion jockey 6 times in the 1890s] who his father Albert Wing admired.
    He became a flat race jockey, first season was 1913. Won Autumn Cup, Liverpool, 1913.
    Apprentice jockey for William Walters at Newmarket.
    He won Queen's Prize, Kempton Park, Surrey, 1914. In 1914 he was 3rd in the jockeys' championship in Britain.
    WWI broke out 1914 and lasted to 1918.
    He rode in India for a time during the war. He rode 5 winners in one day at Calcutta in Mar 1916. See Sunday Independent, December 13, 1936.
    He came to Ireland to ride 1917 [1949 article]. There was a story that he came to Ireland to avoid conscription in WWI. (Conscription was introduced in Britain in 1916. It was never applied to Ireland.)
    He mar 1stly, think 1917-19, to Sheila Flanagan [born 1900].
    He became Catholic on marriage.

    Champion flat race jockey of Ireland:
    Morny Wing was champion flat race jockey of Ireland anywhere between 8 and 15 times (sources differ, need to see full list of champions). He was apparently champion in 1928, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1947.
    He rode for many different owners and trainers.
    He rode the most number of Irish classic wins ever. He rode 23 Irish classic winners, as follows (all of these races are at the Curragh): He also had 2 wins in Ulster Derby.
    Also won the Barcelona Derby, Spain, 1921.

    He lived "Marsella", opposite St. Patrick's Church (Church of Ireland), Newbridge, Co.Kildare (near the Curragh). See map and street view.
    In 1926 the jockey Cuthbert Hamshaw took a case against Morny Wing at the High Court accusing him of adultery with his wife, which Wing angrily denied. While the High Court case was still ongoing, Wing was fined in a District Court case at Newbridge over abusive behaviour towards Hamshaw in July 1926. See article in Irish Times, September 6, 1926. See Irish Independent, September 6, 1926.
    Morny and Sheila were living Newbridge as at 1928.
    Listed at "Marsella", Newbridge, at son's birth 1930. Though looks like "Nur-ala" at Sheila's death 1933.

    Sheila dies, 1933:
    Sheila died 5 Aug 1933, S Co.Dublin, age 33 yrs. See death in [GROI].
    See report of death, Irish Independent, Monday, August 7, 1933.
    She was bur "New Cemetery", Newbridge, Co.Kildare.
    Funeral attendance included Bridget Redmond, TD and Mr. Justice O'Byrne and Sheila's uncle W.T. Cosgrave.
    See report of funeral, Irish Independent, Tuesday, August 8, 1933.
    Inquest into death held 9 Aug 1933.

    Morny left with young family.
    He mar 2ndly, post-1933, to Josie Bell [Josephine, dau of Dick Bell, racehorse trainer], no issue.
    He retired as jockey 1949. See [1949 article].

    Racehorse trainer 1950-52:
    Morny became a trainer 1950. He trained first at Rosewell House, beside the Curragh racecourse, Co.Kildare. See map.
    He lived Windsor Lodge, Naas, Co.Kildare. See map and street view.
    He moved his business 1951 to Loughbrown Lodge stables (also called Loughbrown House), right besde Curragh track, Co.Kildare. See Irish Independent, March 08, 1951.
    Josie's brother Kevin Bell ran the business with Morny.
    He won Irish St Leger 1951 with "Do Well", his only classic win as a trainer.
    He retired as trainer after 1952 season. See Irish Independent, December 4, 1952.
    Kevin Bell took over business. See Irish Independent, January 14, 1953.
    Morny continued to own horses, but no longer trained himself.

    Morny died 4 May 1965, at his home, Windsor Lodge, Naas, age 68 yrs.
    See death notice in Irish Times, May 5, 1965.
    See obituary in Irish Times, May 5, 1965.
    Funeral 6 May, bur New Cemetery, Newbridge, Co.Kildare [NOT Epsom, Surrey].

    Josie built a house a few doors from her mother's old house, at St.Joseph's Ave, off Charlotte St, Newbridge, Co.Kildare (see map).
    She died 1992,
    bur Newbridge, Co.Kildare.
    Morny had issue by 1st wife:

    1. Wally Wing,
      Walter Wing, jockey, born 1919, or 1917,
      (todo) see birth of Mornington Walter Wing, Dublin South, 3rd qr 1920, [GROI] vol 2 p 574.

    2. Doris Wing,
      "Bunty", born 1st March 1919,
      (todo) try birth of Dorothy Maie Wing, Dublin North, 3rd qr 1922, [GROI] vol 2 p 384,
      mar John Waldron [John Patrick Waldron, born 24 Nov 1914 in Ballyhaunis, Co.Mayo, son of John J. Waldron (John Joseph, "John-Joe") and Bridie Melia],
      think she worked in Irish Sweepstakes,
      lived Epsom, Surrey,
      he died 15 Feb 1986 in Epsom, age 71 yrs,
      she died 22nd July 2006, age 87 yrs,
      had issue:

      1. John Waldron.
      2. Paul Waldron, mar Gillian ---- and had issue:
        1. Amelia Waldron.
        2. Dudley Waldron.
        3. Rupert Waldron.
      3. Sheila Waldron, mar Geoffrey Corner and had issue:
        1. Elizabeth Corner.
        2. Alex Corner.

    3. Albert Wing, born 1922,
      Mornington Albert Wing, 2nd son, NOT Alley,
      (todo) see birth of Mornington A. Wing, Naas, 4th qr 1928, poss. born 1925, [GROI] vol 2 p 575.

    4. (child) Wing, died at birth,
      (todo) try birth of Laurence P. Wing, Naas, 3rd qr 1928, [GROI] vol 2 p 605 (see apparently another Laurence below).

    5. Diana Wing [Di],
      (todo) see birth of Diana T. Wing, Naas, 4th qr 1928, poss. born 1923, [GROI] vol 2 p 575,
      think lived California,
      died in her early 50s of a heart attack.

    6. Pat Wing.

    7. Sheila Wing,
      mar 1stly to Johnny Gilbert and had issue:

      1. John Gilbert, had issue:
        1. John Gilbert.
        2. Allison Gilbert.

      mar 2ndly to Alex Innes and had issue:

      1. Liz Innes, had issue:
        1. Patrick Innes, mar Tammie ---- and had issue:
          1. Reagan Innes.
        2. Martha Thompson.

    8. Larry Wing,
      Laurence Joseph Wing (after grandfather),
      born 22 May 1930, Newbridge, Co.Kildare, see birth in [GROI],
      fl 1965,
      Morny Wing's obituary 1965 says he is survived by "two sons", and death notice says he is regretted by his "sons" (plural).

Loughbrown Lodge (where Morny was trainer), right beside Curragh racecourse, Co.Kildare.
From 1887 to 1913 map.
See modern map and modern street view.

Josie Bell and family

Morny Wing and his 2nd wife Josie Bell.
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Left to Right: Kevin Bell (Josie's brother), Morny Wing, Kevin's wife Kitty.
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Morny Wing with his nephews (Kevin Bell's children). Pre-1965.
Photo at Josie's mother's house, St.Joseph's Ave, Newbridge, Co.Kildare.
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