Morris, Lionel Alfred Harry


War Service:
Lieutenant LIONEL ALFRED HARRY MORRIS of 1st Battalion Wiltshire Regiment was killed on 7 July 1916. He joined the 1st Battalion from the 3rd Battalion on 25 February 1915.

According to the war diary, on 6 July the battalion had captured part of the trench lines forming the Leipzig Redoubt and the early hours of 7 July were spent beating off very heavy German counter attacks. At 9.30 am on 7 July two companies attacked and captured another trench which later in the day was subjected to a very heavy bombardment.

Battalion casualties for 7 July were very heavy amounting to 5 officers (including Lt Morris) and 219 Other Ranks. Lionel Morris was the Intelligence Officer for the battalion and went up to the front line when all the other officers were killed or wounded. He died from a shrapnel wound to the head.

He is buried in Lonsdale Cemetery, Authuile, near Albert.

Location of Memorial:
and remembered on the memorial at Brockley School.

He was born in Southwark in the summer of 1894. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Morris of "Malcolm Peth," Upper Maze Hill, St. Leonards-on-Sea. He was a Cambridge graduate and was in the OTC there. On his service papers he describes his occupation as a "Gentleman"


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