Burt MORRIS
Rank: Private
Number: 50473
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 7 June 1917
Age: 21
Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium

Burt had been born in Marple, the son of Ezra Morris, Canal Buildings, Marple. It's believed his mother had died when he was a young boy. The 1901 census records that Ezra, then aged 34, had been born in Darwen, Lancashire and was working as a farm labourer. He had a brother and three sisters.

Burt had received some education by attending the Union Rooms Sunday School in the village. He worked as a card cutter on a Jacquard loom at Hollins Mill, Marple.

His original army service number, 1616, suggests that he was also a pre-war member of the Territorial Army and would have been mobilised into the 6th Battalion, Cheshire Regiment when war was declared in August 1914. An account of the Battalion's early months of service is here.

It is understood that he was wounded during the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and it is probably when he returned to duty that he found himself transferred to the 10th Battalion. He was killed at the Battle of Messines described here.

Further information about Burt, including a photograph, can be found in the book "Remembered" by P Clarke, A Cook and J Bintliff.

   
           
   
     
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