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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.
See larger and full size.
See similar shot in Irish Times, August 29, 1949.

Walter Wing,
born 23 July 1868. NOT Albert.
He mar 1892 to Ada Rollinson [born 1876].
Lived Doncaster, Yorkshire (a horse racing town).
Listed as a groom at Morny's birth in Doncaster, 1896.
They are listed in 1901 census at 6 Mail Coach Yard, Doncaster. He is Post Office mailcoach driver.
Listed as a "professional jockey" at son's mar 1918. See son's mar cert.
Listed as "jockey" on son's 2nd mar cert 1939.
Walter and Ada had issue:

  1. Morny Wing.
    The champion flat race jockey.
    Mornington Albert Wing, born 2 Aug 1896, Albert St, Doncaster.
    Written "Mornington G. Wing" on mar cert 1939, but that seems to have wife's father's name wrong, so not sure how accurate it is.
    Almost always written "Morny", but "Morney" on grave.
    He was named after the champion jockey Morny Cannon [Herbert Mornington Cannon, born 1873] who his father admired. Morny Cannon was British flat race champion jockey six times in the 1890s.

    Morny Wing became a flat race jockey.
    First season was 1913. He 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.
    His career in India was recalled later in 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, 20 Sept 1918, to Sheila Flanagan [born 1900].
    He is listed as "professional jockey" at mar. He became Catholic on marriage.
    Sheila was pregnant at marriage (child born Mar 1919).
    At daughter's birth March 1919 he is jockey, living 7 Collier Rd, Cambridge (see map).
    At son's birth 1920 he is jockey, address is her family home Leicester House, Crumlin, Co.Dublin.
    At dau's birth 1921 they were living Walshestown (would be one of the three Walshestowns in Co.Kildare).
    They settled at Newbridge, Co.Kildare (near the Curragh).
    At children's births 1923 and 1925 they are living Gordon House, Newbridge.

    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.

    Cuthbert Hamshaw court case, 1926:
    • In 1926 the English jockey Cuthbert Hamshaw (born 1893, rode in Ireland) 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 Evening Herald, 4 Sept 1926.
    • See Irish Times, 6 Sept 1926.
    • See Irish Independent, 6 Sept 1926.

    Morny and Sheila lived at "Marsella", opposite St. Patrick's Church (Church of Ireland), Newbridge, Co.Kildare. See map and street view.
    Living "Marsella" at son's birth 1928. Though looks like "Marsala".
    Liam Cosgrave recalled that the Alderman said: "I never heard such language as when Morny was drunk".
    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].
    She died tragically, smoking in bed. She had been admitted to hospital (or "a nursing home") after suffering a nervous breakdown (apparently NOT after having a baby). She woke up, lit a cigarette, fell asleep, bedclothes and nightdress caught fire, she died of her injuries. [GROI] says she died of burns in some illegible "Home" in Co.Dublin.
    See report of death in Irish Independent, Monday, August 7, 1933.
    She was bur Newbridge Cemetery, 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, 24 April 1939, to Josie Bell [Josephine, born 11 Apr 1913]. No issue.
    She was from a racing family. Morny would end up working with her brother.
    They lived Windsor Lodge, Naas, Co.Kildare. See map and street view.

    Racehorse trainer:
    Morny retired as jockey 1949. See [1949 article].
    He became a trainer 1950. He trained first at Rosewell House, beside the Curragh racecourse, Co.Kildare. See map.
    His brother-in-law Kevin Bell was training at Loughbrown Lodge, beside the Curragh racecourse.
    In 1951 Morny came to join Kevin Bell in a partnership at Loughbrown Lodge. They ran a racehorse training stables together for a short time.
    See Irish Independent, March 8, 1951.
    He (with Kevin Bell) 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 continued the business.
    Morny continued to own horses, but no longer trained himself.

    Morny dies, 1965:
    He 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 1965. He was bur Newbridge Cemetery, Co.Kildare.

    Josie built a house a few doors from her mother's old house, at St.Joseph's Ave, off Charlotte St, Newbridge, Co.Kildare.
    She died 27 Apr 1992, age 79 yrs.
    She was bur Newbridge Cemetery, Co.Kildare.
    Morny had issue by 1st wife:

    1. Doris Wing,
      "Bunty", born 1 Mar 1919, 9 Brunswick Walk, Cambridge.
      (todo) See birth of Doris Wing, [GRO.UK], 2nd qr 1919, Cambridge, vol 3b, p 560 (or poss. 360 or 660).
      This has mother's maiden name Flanagan. This is definitely her.
      NOT born early 1922.
      She is NOT the Dorothy Maie Wing, born Dublin North, 3rd qr 1922.
      At mar 1941 Doris was living 14 Beech Way, Epsom, Surrey. She was working as "Book-keeper" for a "Provisions Merchant".
      She mar 22 Nov 1941 to John Waldron and had issue.
      They mar at St.Joseph's RC church, Epsom.

    2. Wally Wing,
      Walter Wing, jockey,
      born Mornington Walter Wing, 4 May 1920, 88 Grove Park (maternity home), Rathmines, Co.Dublin.
      See birth cert from here.

    3. Sheila Wing,
      born 18 Sept 1921, Walshestown, must be Co.Kildare.
      Birth not registered with [GROI] until 1928.

    4. Diana Wing,
      Di, born 7 Nov 1923, Gordon House, Newbridge.
      Birth not registered with [GROI] until 1928. Looks like "Diana Toussaints Wing" on birth cert.
      Think lived California.

      She died 1970s, in her early 50s, of a heart attack.

    5. Albert Wing,
      Mornington Albert Wing, 2nd son,
      NOT Alley,
      born 8 Mar 1925, Gordon House, Newbridge.
      Birth not registered with [GROI] until 1928.

    6. Laurence Patrick Wing,
      after grandfather,
      born 23 July 1928, "Marsella", Newbridge [GROI].
      He died at birth.
      There is another Laurence.

    7. Pat Wing,
      She fl 2006, living Orange County, California.

    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).

      Aidan McMahon Glynn thought there was a son Edward, but not sure that is true.

Josie Bell and Morny Wing.
See full size.
Photo courtesy of Catherine Bell-Insley.

Grave of Morny Wing

Grave of Morny Wing and his two wives.
Newbridge Cemetery (St. Conleth's Cemetery), SE side of Newbridge, Co.Kildare. See street view.

Grave of Morny Wing.
See full size.




Sources yet to be consulted


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