John Morris was born in Mochdre, near Newtown in 1896. By 1901, his mother, a dressmaker, was widowed and the family was living at Oak Farm Mochdre. He is linked to Montgomery through the Francis family, and the three young men who lost their lives, Frank and Fred Francis, and John Morris, had grandparents who were siblings, and John’s mother was brought up for a while in Montgomery, by her grandfather, who lived next door to the Francis family at Clive Terrace.
Private John Morris was killed in action on the 1st of September 1918, at the age of 22.
He is remembered on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial in France near Cambrai. This Memorial bears the names of over 9,000 men who fell in the two month period from 8 August 1918 to the date of the Armistice.
The timing of John’s death suggests that he was killed in one of a series of battles to push the Germans back to the Hindenburg line, after their front line had been broken by the Allied forces.
Interestingly, John is one of the few regular soldiers who left sufficient effects for probate to be obtained, and listed publicly. Below, and to the right is the extract, which shows that he left the sum of £212. 18s 6d; a considerable amount for a young man in those days; where the average wage was about £1—£2 a week. The information is taken from the Probate Registry for 1919.