John was born in about 1882, in St Mary’s, Brecon. In 1891 John is shown as a 9 year old, living with his parents, John, 46 and Rose, 42 and also his siblings William, 7; Rose, 5 and Gladys, 4. The family are shown as living at 2, High Street and his father’s occupation is listed as chemist. His father was born in Breconshire, whilst his mother was born in Sussex.
By 1901 John is 19 years old and shown as working as a chemist’s assistant to his father. The address is now 3, High Street and William and Gladys are also still there, although Rose is not shown.
In late 1907 John married Mary Florence Sarah Price, also a Breconian and daughter of Mr. Price of the Sarah Siddons Public House. Their son Frederick was born in about 1909. By 1911 John‘s occupation is shown as chemist and at 29 he is living with his wife Mary, 28 and two year old son Frederick at 3, Lansdowne Terrace, Brecon. John was popular in the town and associated himself with both the football and cricket clubs.
John enlisted in Brecon a few days before war broke out, and joined the Brecknock Battalion of the South Wales Borderers as a private.
Private George Morris
Royal Welsh Fusiliers 19th Battalion, service no. 29308
Killed in action April 21st 1917, aged 19
Commemorated Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France
Montgomeryshire but appears to have not been truthful about his age and birthplace. He was baker. He then spent some time training in Aldershot before embarking for France in June 1916. George was wounded by a gunshot to his right hand in early August but returned to service a week later. He is described as a sniper and he had been fighting in France for eleven months before being killed in action. His father Morgan, aged 39, was also fighting in France at the time but he survived the war and returned to the then family home of 6, Mill Street where he lived until his death in 1953.
George was born at Brecon in 1898 to Morgan and Margaret Ellen Morris, both from Brecon, who had two other sons and a daughter younger than George. During George’s childhood Morgan lived at 8, Mill Green, Brecon and later at 15, Mill Street, Brecon. In 1911 the young family, including George resided at 7, Mill Street. George, at thirteen, attended Pendre school, and his father was a council labourer. In June 1915 at seventeen George enlisted in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at Welshpool,
Sergeant John Harold Morris
South Wales Borderers, Brecknockshire Battalion, service
Died at Mhow, India on September 13th, 1918, aged 37
Buried at the English Cemetery, Mhow
Commemorated at the Kirkee 1914-18 Memorial. India