Lieutenant Herbert Arthur Morris


Herbert Arthur Morris © Dorking Advertiser
Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Patricia Brazier for the following research.

Herbert was born on 14th January 1897. His father, John is an agricultural worker and his mother is Ellen, they are living at Boxhill Farm.

In the 1911 census Herbert’s family are living in Leslie Road Dorking. Herbert is aged 14 and he is a Butcher’s Boy. He has an older brother named John who is a Brickyard labourer.

Records from the London Brighton and South Coast Railways show that in August 1914 Herbert was a Cleaner at Dorking Station.

Herbert enlisted at Guildford. His medal card shows that before joining the Machine Gun Corps he spent time in the Royal Field Artillery and the Scots Riffles.

Herbert died on 15th June 1917, he was 20 years old. At the time his company were fighting in Arras in northern France.

Herbert Arthur Morris Death Notice © Dorking Advertiser

Herbert is remembered on the Arras Memorial Panel reference bay 10. He is also remembered on the Memorial in South Street, Dorking.

Herbert Morris
Herbert Morris on Arras Memorial
Born Box Hill, Dorking
Lived Dorking
Son of John and Ellen Morris of 9 Leslie Road, Dorking
Regiment 101st Company, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Number 13040
Date of Death 15th June 1917
Place of Death France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Age 20
Memorial Arras Memorial, France
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