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Lieutenant Anthony George Attwood Morris

1st Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancashire) Regiment
Died, Verdun, France and Flanders, 13th October 1914, aged 27

  • Buried: Meteren Isolated Grave, initially interred at Meteren churchyard.
  • Awarded 1914 Star, British War and Victory Medals
  • Son of Frederick Arthur and Cunitia Morris [nee Atwood]. Frederick was a Colliery Owner
  • NNWFHS Memorial: Pailton
  • Other Memorials: Winchester College and Elford, Staffs.

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Census and Family History Information

  • Born 19 May 1887 at Elford, Staffs
  • Lived at Pailton House, Pailto

School and Military Career

  • Attended school in Stubbington
  • 1900-1903 Attended Winchester College
  • Commissioned into King's Own Regiment
  • Promoted to Lieutenant in April 1911

The Following Is Taken from his Winchester College Memorial Page
"He was killed in action on 13th October 1914. His Corps were given the objective of taking the line running between Armentieres and Wytschaete, an area of low ridges which provided good defensive positions for the Germans. In what was the first formal attack made by the British Expeditionary Force, Morris’s battalion had approached the village of Meteren, when the German forces opened fire, sending the British running for cover in a nearby farm. Morris was seen to take his machine gun to cover the right flank of the battalion but was himself machine gunned in the process. According to one source, the guns were positioned in the cover of a “scanty hedge, where he and his team were later found in a tidy row of eight, all dead and their gun out of action.”

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