Private William Morris 9555

2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment

Died France and Flanders 31/10/1914

Private Morris' full name was William Ewart Gladstone Morris

He died at the battle of Gheluvelt. 

William Ewart Gladstone Morris was born on 8th March 1888 at St Stephens, Worcester.  He was the 11th child of Phillip John Morris and Sylvia Morris (nee Thomas). 

William attended Cowleigh Infants School and Cowleigh Mixed School in Malvern. 

On 23rd October 1905, aged 18, he enlisted in the Worcestershire Regiment and was transferred to the Army Reserve at Parkhurst on 11th July 1911. 

On 5th August 1914 William was recalled from the reserves and posted to the 2nd Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment.  He was posted overseas on 30th August 1914 and died, aged 26, on 31st October 1914 at Gheluvelt, Belgium, in the first battle of Ypres. 

He has no known grave, but his death is recorded on Panel 34, Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. 

His name is also recorded on the memorial at Gheluvelt Park, Ombersley Road, Worcester, and on a memorial at the North Malvern Holy Trinity Church in Great Malvern. 

The additional information was supplied by his distrant relative Ann Woods, who lives in Australia