Private 16/650 Arthur Morris

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Died of Wounds on Tuesday, 12th September 1916, age 23.
Buried in Grave B. 21. 12. at St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, France.

16th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 15th Brigade of 5th Division.

Son of Edwin and Kate Morris, of 40, Neptune St., Tipton, Staffordshire.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Birmingham, Resident: Tipton.

First landed France & Flanders, 21st November 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library, and St. Matthew's memorials.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/171847/

Genealogical Data

Birth of Arthur Morris registered March quarter 1893 in Dudley.

1901 Census
2 Brewery Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Edwin Morris (38, General Labourer, born Tipton), his wife Kate (28, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Arthur (8, born Tipton) and Edwin (3, born Tipton).

1911 Census
School Passage, Park Lane West, Tipton, Staffs.
Edwin Morris (48, Caretaker of Wesley Church and School, born Tipton), his wife Kate (38, born Tipton), and their 2 children: Arthur (18, Engineering Clerk, born Tipton) and Edwin (13, School, born Tipton).

Personal Data

Arthur worked at Lee Howl & Co as an Engineering Clerk, and is commemorated on their Roll of Honour (Office Staff). He enlisted with the 16th Royal Warwicks, known as the 3rd Birmingham Pals.

After Arthur's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £1/14/10d (1 pound, 14 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his father and sole legatee, Edwin, in December 1916. His War Gratuity was £9/0/0d (9 pounds exactly), this was also paid to his father in September 1919. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that Arthur had enlisted in approximately August 1914.

Action resulting in his death

On 27th July 1916, the 16th Royal Warwicks (the 3rd Birmingham Pals) was engaged in the attack on Longueval, suffering heavy casualties. After rest and reorganisation, it took part in a most successful raid on Falfemont Farm which was captured after heavy fighting on September 2nd and 3rd.

According to reports in the Tipton Herald, Private Morris was wounded on 3rd September whilst repairing a broken telephone wire. This led to his death some 9 days later, on 12th September, in one of the many hospitals in Rouen. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 23rd September 1916
It is with profound regret that we have to record the death, from wounds heroically received, of yet another Tipton Boy. Of Arthur Morris (son of Mr & Mrs A. Morris, 8 Sedgley Rd West) it may be said "he forsook the pen for the sword." Enlisting early in the war in the City Battalion, he had been for many months in the thick of the fighting. A few weeks ago he was wounded but returned again to the trenches, and whilst repairing a broken wire under terrific shell fire, he received wounds of a frightful nature. News of his death came to hand last Sunday. Tipton thus loses one who would have been a shining light, for he had during his 23 years of life striven earnestly to climb the ladder of life, both intellectually and spiritually. Tipton grieves to lose such men. His short life was well spent. His death was heroic. May the memory of him spur those that remain. A friend and admirer says of him, "Truly his body has passed away from us, but we can still know his soul, as a star sends us beams which shall lighten our path and help to guide us aright in these dark and troublesome days." The deceased was a member of Park Lane Adult Bible Class, and also an old Park Lane Council School Boy.

Tipton Herald 30th September 1916
In connection with the death of Private Arthur Morris, elder son of Mr and Mrs Edwin Morris of 15 Sedgley Road West, we learn that the parents have received numerous letters, testifying to the high regard and esteem in which their son was held. Prior to the war, he was a clerk at Messrs Lee, Howl and Co. In disposition he was most gentlemanly and a universal favourite. Among those who have written to the parents are Mr. Oliver Howl, Mr Ewing, and others from the firm, while other letters that will be prized are those from Birmingham where for several months the young soldier was billeted. He was wounded on September 3rd, and died on 12th inst at Rouen Hospital.
Mr and Mrs Edwin Morris, 15 Sedgley Road West, Tipton, desire to thank their numerous friends for kind expressions of sympathy in their bereavement.

Tipton Herald 7th October 1916
Private Arthur Morris, who enlisted in a Birmingham City Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was the elder son of Mr and Mrs Edwin Morris of Sedgley Road West. He was wounded on September 3rd, and died on the 12th of that month at Rouen Hospital. He was prominently connected with the Park Lane Wesleyan Church.

Tipton Herald 15th September 1917
MORRIS.- In memory of Arthur Morris, dearly loved son of Edwin and Kate Morris (Tipton), who died of wounds in France, September 12th 1916.