Private John Reginald Morris

Private 3357 John Reginald Morris. Born Prescot, Lancashire, 1884, the son of William and Margery Ellen Morris, of Ellesmere House, Denton's Green, St. Helens, Lancs.

John Morris was originally from 121 Swinley Road in Wigan. He enlisted in the 10th Battalion King’s (Liverpool Regiment), known as the Liverpool Scottish, at Liverpool on 29th August 1914, aged 28 years and 11 months. He was employed as an Analytical Chemist, was 5' 7" tall, weighed 142 lbs and had very good physical development. By this time, his address was Lyme Grove, Prescot, but his next-of-kin was shown as his sister, Margery, who still lived at Swinley Road in Wigan.

He embarked for France at Southampton on 10th March 1915, arriving there the following day.

The 10th Battalion King’s Regiment took part in the attack on German defensive lines at Hooge on 16th June 1915. By the end of this battle many brave soldiers were wounded or killed in action, Private John Reginald Morris was one of those killed. He has no known grave and is remembered on the Menin Gate.

After his death, his belongings were sent to his sister Margery, who still lived at the Swinley Road address. She received these in October 1915. Margery, later married and now Mrs. Boardman, wrote to the Records Office on 12th July 1922 stating that she intended to visit the battlefields, and asking for details of her brother’ s grave location.  No details of any reply are recorded, and it is not clear if she went ahead with her planned visit.

Private Morris’s medal entitlement was recorded as the 1914-1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, as shown on the Medal Index Card below

By kind permission of Stephen Nulty  Prescot Roll of Honour