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William James MORRISON

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Surname: MORRISON

Forename(s): William James

Place of Birth: Bentham, Yorkshire

Service No: 3131

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 'D' Coy 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-11-26

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: IV. G. 3.

CWGC Cemetery: TALANA FARM CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

William James Morrison (born 1 April 1894) was the son of James and Lucinda Mary Morrison, née Hasler. James was born at Liverpool and Lucinda at Everton, Lancashire.

1901 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 131, Moss Carr Road - William J. Morrison, aged 7 years, born Bentham, Yorkshire, son of Lucinda M. Morrison (married).

1911 Keighley, Yorkshire Census: 131, Moss Carr, Long Lee - William James Morrison, aged 17 years, born Bentham, Yorkshire, son of Lucinda Mary Morrison, widow.

William is listed in the Nominal Roll of the 1/6th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment): Pte. W.J. Morrison.

The British Army Service Record for William James Morrison exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte J.W. [sic] Morrison, 3131, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: (1) France. Date of Entry therein: 14.4.15. K. in A. 26.11.15.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte William Morrison, 6/3131, W. Rid. R. Theatre of War first served in: - . Date of Entry therein: - . K. in A. 26.11.15.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Morrison, 6/3131, 6th W. Rid. R. K. in A. 26.11.15. [1914-1915 Star Award Roll entry: Pte J.W. Morrison, 3131, West Riding Regiment.]

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William James Morrison, 3131, 1/6 W. Riding. Date and Place of Death: 26.11.15. In Action. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Mother - Lucinda M. £9 3s. 6d.

William is commemorated in the ‘Borough of Keighley Roll of Honour’ and on the Roll of Honour of St. Barnabas Church, Thwaites Brow, Keighley.

Photograph courtesy of Jane Reed.

A short biography of William is included in: ‘Bentham’s Part in the Great War 1914-18’ by Allan and Marilyn Hartley (2019).

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven Herald Article

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---

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Private William James MORRISON

Private William James MORRISON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Data from Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914 - 1919 Records

Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MORRISON

Forename(s): William James

Born:

Residence:

Enlisted: Keighley, Yorks

Number: 3131

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 26/11/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: MORRISON

Forename(s): W J

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3131

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age:

Awards:

Died Date: 26/11/1915

Additional Information:

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War Diary: 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

NOVEMBER 1915

TRENCHES F31 - F35

Nov. 26th

Wind N.E. Situation quiet. Germans from noise, appear to be very busy working on their front line very little sniping or rifle fire, artillery and trench mortars active, aero planes of both sides active.

Casualties:–
7.15 AM No. 1548 Pte J. TURNBULL D Coy bullet wound right hand, in Sap F35.
8.45 AM No. 3131 Pte W. J. MORRISON D Coy killed bullet wound in head in F34.

[See ‘View Additional Images(s)’ for Trench Map.]

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Short-Form Birth Certificate for William James Morrison

Short-Form Birth Certificate for William James Morrison

Courtesy of Jane Reed

Baptism Card for William James Morrison

Baptism Card for William James Morrison

Courtesy of Jane Reed

Private William James Morrison

Private William James Morrison

Courtesy of Jane Reed

Private William James Morrison

Private William James Morrison

Courtesy of Sandra Hoyle

Information on back of photograph above

Information on back of photograph above

Courtesy of Sandra Hoyle

“Somewhere in France”

“Somewhere in France”

Front row, 4th from left: Private William James Morrison (the photograph was probably taken in the Fleurbaix Sector)

Courtesy of Jane Reed

The History of the 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, 1914 - 1919, by Capt. P.G. Bales, M.C. (1920)

The History of the 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment, 1914 - 1919, by Capt. P.G. Bales, M.C. (1920)

Trench map from the above history showing Trenches F31 - F35 (top left-hand corner)

Talana Farm Cemetery

Talana Farm Cemetery

CWGC Headstone

Courtesy of Aurel Sercu, Boezinge, Belgium

Roll of Honour: St. Barnabas Church, Thwaites Brow, Keighley

Roll of Honour: St. Barnabas Church, Thwaites Brow, Keighley

William and his younger brother, Thomas Hasler Morrison, who survived the war, are named on the Roll of Honour

Courtesy of Jane Reed

View Craven Herald Articles

View Craven Herald Articles

Craven Herald and Wensleydale Standard Logo

03 December 1915

CRAVEN AND THE WAR – CASUALTIES

Pte. W. L. [sic] Morrison, 6th West Riding Regiment, was killed by a rifle bullet on Friday last. His home was at Moss Carr, Keighley.

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