Petty Officer Bernard Morris

Unit/Regiment Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
BattalionDrake Battalion RND Service NumberWales Z/16
Theatre of War first served in France Date of entry therein Draft for BEF 16/12/1916
Age at Death22 Date of Death23/04/1917
Burial/Memorial Reference Arras Memorial Bay 1
CWGC Family Details Son of William and Hannah Morris, of Handel House, Newbridge, Mon.
Family & Census Details William and Hannah Morris were both born in 1865 they were married around 1890 and had five children as they moved from place to place in South Wales and the West of England.

Gertrude was their first child, born in Hengoed in 1891. Their second child, Margaret, was born a year later in Newbridge. In 1894 twins Bernard and Annie were born by which time the family appear to have been living in Aberystwyth. The family appear to have suffered from a severe case of “itchy feet” as they moved again before the birth of their fourth daughter, Doris, in 1891. This time they ventured further afield and she was born in Barnstaple, Devon!

According to the 1911 census the family came back to Newbridge and Bernard was working as an apprentice fitter, his records from the Royal Naval Division indicate that by the time he joined he had become an assistant electrician. This would probably have been at the Celynen Colliery as he is listed on their Roll of Honour
Where Born Aberystwyth, Cardiganshire
Enlisted 13/01/1915 Resided Newbridge
How DiedKilled in Action Theatre of WarWestern European Theatre
Medal Entitlement British War Medal

Victory Medal
Notes Commemorated on the Celynen Collieries Roll of Honour
Commemorated on the Tabernacle Church Roll of Honour
Images Photograph - Courtesy of Tabernacle Church
Photograph - Courtesy of Ruth Watkins (Grand Niece)
Photograph - Annie Morris, Bernard's twin sister - Courtesy of Ruth Watkins
Linocut - by Brian Morris Watkins, nephew of Bernard - Courtesy of Ruth Watkins
CWGC Memorial Inscription - Courtesy of Margaret Dufay
Newbridge War Memorial - Civic commemoration
Celynen Collieries - Workplace commemoration
Medal Card - Navy Medal and Award Rolls 1793-1972
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