Rank: Private
Number: M2/131665
Unit: No. 2 Water Company ARMY SERVICE CORPS
Date of Death: 16 November 1918
Age: 24
Cemetery: Lille Southern Cemetery, Nord, France

James was the eldest son of James and Hannah Morton. In 1901, the family was living at 11 All Saints Road in the Lancashire Hill area of Stockport. James had two younger sisters - Hannah (4) and Mary (2). He attended All Saints Day School in Heaton Norris and Lancashire Hill Sunday School. At the time of his enlistment into the army, in October 1915, he was in business (probably with his father) as J & J Morton, Builders. The firm is listed in the 1910 edition of Kelly's Directory as Thomas Morton & Sons, 158 Manchester Road, Heaton Norris. The two James' had probably renamed it and, by this time, the family were next door at 160 Manchester Road.

The Water Tank Companies provided a vital support role for the frontline troops as they were responsible for bringing lorry tankers of drinking water to the forward areas for the men, and for horses.

1918 saw a world-wide epidemic of influenza which killed many millions as it turned to bronchial pneumonia. James became one of the epidemic's victims.

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