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John  Morris cap badgePrivate John Morris

12th (Service) (Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry) Battalion Manchester Regiment
Service No: 57729

John  Morris grave





Personal details

Family Information

Son of Richard and Ann Robertson Morris of 1 Kildonan St, Coatbridge. From the 1901 Census - Address - 4 East Canal St, Coatbridge - Richard Morris aged 27, Ann Morris aged 29, John Morris aged 4, Sarah Morris aged 2, Mary Morris aged 1 month. John's Pension was originally awarded to his father Richard of Viewfield St, Harthill. After his death it was awarded to his mother Annie of 74 Dunbeth Rd, Coatbridge on the 07/05/1919.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 11 Torridale St, Coatbridge


Killed in Action on the 04/11/1918 at the Battle of the Sambre (part of the Final Advance in Picardy)




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Buried / Remembered

Englefontaine British Cemetery (A. 13), Nord, France

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Englefontaine was captured by the 18th and 33rd Divisions on the 26th October, 1918. It was later "adopted" by the Borough of Cheltenham. Englefontaine British Cemetery was made by the Burial Officer of the 38th (Welsh) Division in November, 1918, and enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves. There are now over 150, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 10 are unidentified.

Additional Information

The Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 17/07/1915 and were part of the 52nd Brigade, 17th (Northern) Division. John arrived with the Gordon Highlanders on the 09/07/1915. John was Killed in Action just one week before the Armistice was signed at the Battle of the Sambre. This was part of the The Final Advance in Picardy, 17th October – 11th November 1918. The hardest-fought of the final offensive actions. First, Third and Fourth Armies exploited their success in breaking the Hindenburg Line by pushing on across the Rivers Selle and Sambre, recapturing Valenciennes and finally in liberating Mons – where it had all begun for the British Expeditionary Force more than four years before. John was formerly with the Gordon Highlanders (4948). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, his Service Medal and Award Rolls, his CWGC Grave Registration x 3, his Headstone Report x 2, his Memorial Plaque (Dead Mans Penny), Engelfontaine British Cemetery, John's Pension Records x 3, his previous Regiment the Gordon Highlanders Cap Badge and the Manchester Regiment Cap Badge. John's grave inscription reads "ASLEEP IN JESUS".

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