The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private J B Morris


Private John Bertie MORRIS, G/25861, 8th Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly M/288359, RASCMT), killed in action, Flanders France, 25th March 1918, age 19.

29th January 1899, born Nuneaton, Warwickshire, son of *John & Emily Agnes Morris, of 76, Dugdale Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

1911 Census - 63 Gadsby Street, Attleborough, Nuneaton, Warwickshire - John Morris, head, age 42, married, Insurance Agent, worker, born Chilvers Coton, Nuneaton; Emily Morris, wife, age 44, married 13 years, 1 child, still alive, born Bedworth, Nuneaton, John Bert Morris, son, age 12, school, born  Nuneaton.

* John Morris, enlisted  Warwick, age 44 years & 240 days, height 5ft 6⅜ inches, weight 141lbs, fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair. States not married but shows next of kin as son, John Bert Morris, 76, Dugdale Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Resided 76, Dugdale Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Previously served Durham Light Infantry, time expired. Formerly labourer.

Enlisted 12th September 1914 & posted Depot, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Service No.4075 / 9459; 12th September 1914, promoted Corporal; 10th November 1914 to 16th November 1914, Warwick Hospital, dyspepsia, states he had "gastritis" some abdominal ?????, no other signs or symptoms, made much of: 26th November 1914, posted 12th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment;

24th December 1914, Newport, Isle of Wight - Application for Discharge of a Recruit as not likely to become an efficient Soldier - 12th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment, Service No.4075 / 9459, age 44 years & 344 days, height 5ft 6⅜ inches, weight 141lbs, passed fit at Warwick Recruiting Station, chronic rheumatism, has done no duty since enlistment.

24th December 1914, discharged "not likely to become an efficient soldier". Intended place of residence, 76, Dugdale Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

Enlisted Grove Park, Kent.

Buried at Ham British Cemetery, Muille - Villette, France. (Croix-Molignaux German Cemetery, Mem. 20.)

NOTE FROM CWGC: In January, February and March 1918, the 61st (South Midland) Casualty Clearing Station was posted at Ham, but on 23 March the Germans, in their advance towards Amiens, crossed the Somme at Ham, and the town remained in German hands until the French First Army re-entered it on the following 6 September. Ham British Cemetery was begun in January-March 1918 as an extension of Muille-Villette German Cemetery, made by the Casualty Clearing Station. In 1919 these graves were regrouped and others were added from the German cemetery and from the following :- CROIX-MOLIGNAUX GERMAN CEMETERY (March and April, 1918) ; ESMERY HALLON CHURCHYARD; VILLERS ST. CHRISTOPHE CHURCHYARD (March, 1918); EPPEVILLE COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION (March, 1918); and ST. SULPICE COMMUNAL CEMETERY. Ham British Cemetery contains 485 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 218 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 14 soldiers, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 39 casualties known to have been buried in other cemeteries whose graves were not found.

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