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Thomas was born in Brecon in December 1897, the youngest child of William and Susan Morris. Their address at the time was the Union House (workhouse), St. David’s Parish, Brecon with William listed as a labourer. By 1901 the family were living at 5, Silver Street, Llanfaes, Brecon with William working as a market labourer. All five children are shown at this address with their parents.

In 1911 the family are still in Silver Street, although now in number 4. Thomas's father is a widower, the eldest son William (Junior) is a sailor, and Thomas is not at home but appears to be in school in Neath. The establishment he is at was originally a reformatory school, although in 1907 it was renamed as a Farm School and much later became an approved school.

Elizabeth, a twin daughter also appears to have left home, whilst twin Alice is still there along with Susie, a grandchild to William. Thomas is shown on his attestation forms as a coach painter.

Thomas enlisted in June 1916 but is initially posted as a reserve and not mobilised until October that year. He then spends some months

He travelled with the Brecknocks to Aden, arriving on July 3rd, 1915 and later went with the Battalion to Mhow. As a chemist his services as a dispenser were immediately requisitioned by Dr Tomley and he worked closely with him throughout his service, in both Aden and


John was an acting sergeant when he died of pneumonia at the Mhow station hospital in India on September 13th, 1918, less than two months before the war ended. He was buried with full military honours including eight buglers sounding the last post.

He was a member of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes (Usk Lodge) and was included in a service of remembrance held by them at Brecon Priory Church in June 1919.

There is a link death cannot sever, love and remembrance

last forever

Private Thomas Morris

Royal North Lancashire Regiment, 2/5th Battalion, service

no. 244891; 5/10003

Killed in action October 26th, 1917, aged 19

Commemorated at Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen,