PRIVATE CHARLES WILLIAM MORRIS

No. 41360 the 6th Battalion, the Leicestershire Regiment.

Charles was born in Montgomery in 1899, to Evan and Emma Morris. He was the youngest of their children, and in 1901, was living at home, together with his brother, two sisters and a step-brother at 2, Chirbury Road. Given the address layout of the census, it is likely that this is the property now known as No 1, Plas Offa Cottages. His father was working as a gardener and groom in 1901, but by 1911 is described as a labourer on a farm, and Charles is described as a scholar.

Interestingly the 1901 census gives his name as William Charles, as does his baptism record, although by 1911, his name is given as Charles William.

He enlisted at Keighley, West Yorkshire, and died of wounds on the 14th Sept 1918, aged 19. Private Morris is buried at Varennes Military Cemetery.

It has not been possible to find out why he signed up at Keighley, for the Leicestershire Regiment, as there are no records, and no apparent family links in that area. The picture shows his actual grave, in Varennes Cemetery where he lies with 1,218 other casualties of war.