Gunner John Richard Morris
136203 Royal Field Artillery B Btty 155th Bde
Killed in Action 21st August 1917
Lived at 11 Herbert Street
Buried in Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium
Burnley Express 11th July 1917 - 8th September 1917

Formerly a member of St Matthew's Choir

Letter to the parents of J R Morris from Corporal Thackeray

I am sorry to have to inform you of the death in action of your son, who was killed on August 21st, but he was spared all suffering, death being instantaneous. I can tell you that he was a lad who will be very much missed. He was a lad who led a clean, God-fearing life. I have never seen him do a wrong action while I have known him. He did not know what fear was, and he placed himself in the in the hands of God, no matter where he was. We buried him on the 23rd a few miles behind the firing line. A few of the boys attended the funeral and the bugler sounded the Last Post over the grave. The boys cannot speak too highly of your son.




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