MORRIS James Henry
Regiment : 37th Battery 10th Brigade Australian Field Artillery
Service number : 2643
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 3rd June 1917 aged 27
Buried : Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium, Grave II. A. 39.
Relatives : Son of James and Sarah Ann Morris, of Woodbine Cottage, Cowleigh Rd., Malvern, England
Memorial : Malvern WW1 War Memorial
Also appears on : Cowleigh St Peter's Church.
Credits : Casualty, Australian Service Records, Malvern News and Berrow's Worcester Journal Supplement researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor. Kidderminster Times researched and transcribed by Adrian Carter.
The following information is courtesy and copyright of Mary Arrowsmith:
James Morris was born in Malvern Worcestershire. He attended Cowleigh Elementary School, Malvern, Worcestershire and before emigrating he was employed as a First Class Quarry Man. He enlisted at Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia. James was wounded between Neuve Eglise and Wulverghem, Messines. He died of wounds on 3rd June 1917.
Australian Service Records:
James Morris enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 16th June 1915 at Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia. He was 5 feet 4¼ inches tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light coloured hair. He arrived in Mudros Greece on 23rd October 1915 and joined the 13th Battalion. They disembarked at Alexandria, Egypt on 3rd January 1916. James left Alexandra on 5th June 1916 to join the British Expeditionary Force in France, arriving in Marseilles on 13th June 1916. He was transferred to the 10th Field Artillery Brigade as a Gunner on 3rd March 1917. He died of a shotgun wound to his right breast and was buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, 2¼ miles west south west of Messines.
Australian Service Records Reference: Barcode 7981926 Series Accession No B2455 Location: Canberra
Accessed via: https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
Malvern News, 23rd June 1917:
Gunner J.H. Morris, RFA, the son of Mrs Morris of Cowleigh Road, has died of wounds. A chaplain states that he died three-quarters of an hour after being admitted to the dressing station. Up until the end he was conscious and his thoughts were of home. The following morning he was laid to rest.
The following report appears in the Kidderminster Times, 14th July 1917:
Gunner J.H. Morris, Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action on 3rd June. He was a son of Mrs S. Morris, Woodbine Cottage, Cowleigh Road, North Malvern. The report includes a photograph of James Morris.
A photograph of Gunner J.H. Morris of North Malvern can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 30th June 1917, available at Worcestershire Archives.