Lest We Forget

1914 - 1918

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

Morris, William

Rank
Private, 1st / 5th Bn., Seaforth Highlanders
Service Number
S/41974
Born
about 1899
Parents
James F. and Alice Morris, of Helen Place, North Queensferry
Date of death
12 October 1918 (Aged 19)
Grave
A 3, Avesnes-le-Sec Communal Cemetery extension, France (Nord)
Other Memorials
Inverkeithing Memorial.
Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

Other Information

Morrisgrave
Grave of William Morris

Not found in Census. The family lived for a time in Church Street, Inverkeithing.

William enlisted in Kirkcaldy and served first as Private 293248 in the Black Watch. He was later transferred to the 1/5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders This battalion formed part of 152nd Brigade in the 51st (Highland) Division. The battalion took part in the 100 day Allied Advance to Victory.

His elder brother James served in the RFA and was killed in Mesopotamia in 1917, but does not seem to have been regarded as having a connection to North Queensferry although he is also on Inverkeithing Memorial.


Sources

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Scottish National War Memorial (Edinburgh Castle)

National Archives. Medal Card. Soldier’s Effects

Soldiers Died in Great War

Alex Morris


Here dead we lie, Because we did not choose
To live and shame the land, From which we sprung.

Life, to be sure, Is nothing much to lose,
But young men think it is, And we were young.

[A.E. Housman]

When You Go Home,
Tell Them Of Us And Say,

For Your Tomorrow,
We gave our Today

[Kohima, attributed to John Maxwell Edmonds]

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