Regiment : 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 20957
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 19 on 9th July 1916
Buried : Knightsbridge Cemetery, Mesnil-Martinsart, France, Grave D. 56.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Worcester
Memorial : Worcester St Stephen's Church
Also appears on : Worcester Guildhall. Possibly on Worcester Cathedral Cloisters Vol Choir Window.
A photograph of Lance Corporal R.E. Morris can be found in Berrow’s Worcester Journal Supplement, Saturday 29th July 1916, available at Worcestershire Archives.
The following information has been researched by Geoff Hill:
147 Ombersley Road
Reginald Edward Morris, aged 14, office boy
At the same address: Edward (father), stone mason, mother, 2 brothers and 1 sister.
The Battle of the Somme opened on the 1st July 1916 with the Battle of Albert. The 4th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was part of the 88th Infantry Brigade in the 29th Division. The British and French Army attacks to the south of the Albert-Bapaume road were very successful, inflicting a considerable defeat to the German Second Army. However, north of the Albert-Bapaume road, where 29th Division was centred, the British attack was a catastrophe and constituted most of the 60,000 casualties on the first day of the battle. The 29th Division were attacking Beaumont Hamel, just north of the River Ancre. The attack began at 9.00am. By 10.15am it was clear that with rapidly mounting casualties the attack had come to a halt and the remaining men formed a defensive front. From the 1st -14th July the 4th Battalion was held in reserve at Auchonvillers (known as Ocean Villas to the British), just behind Beaumont Hamel, manning trenches. Seemingly Reginald Morris was killed during this period.
The Medal Roll Index Card for Reginald Morris records that he entered active service overseas in the Balkans Theatre of War in September 1915.