Malvern College First World War Casualty

2nd Lieut John Torrington Morris

Photo of John Torrington Morris
House and time at Malvern: No 1, 1909 - 1913.

Regiment: Royal Welch Fus.
Died: 15 May 1915 aged 19 in France. Killed in action at Festubert.
Battle: Battle of Festubert. Cemetery: Guards Cemetery Windy Corner Cuinchy IV G 18

Son of Sir Robert Morris, Bt., Sketty Park, Glamorgan, b. 1896.
Lower IV—Army II. XL Football.
R.M.C. Sandhurst; 1st Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1914.

He was examining an automatic pistol and received a gun-shot wound in the left thigh on 29th Jan 1915 at Rouen whilst in the 3rd Battalion.
He embarked back into the field on 19th March 1915, and was transferred on the 26th March 1915 to the 1st Battalion.

Below is an extract from the Unit War Diary:
'Operations against Aubers Ridge & Festubert.
15th May. The Battalion formed up along the parapet on the Rue Chilloux.
The Battalion was ordered to assault the German trenches to its immediate front, take the German 1st & 2nd Lines and then move S.E. & take up a line between the Rue Quinque & the Rue D'Ouvert.
At 3.15am, the battalion assaulted and suffered very heavily from shell & machine gun fire both in crossing the parapet and the space between our parapet and the 1st German line. The CO of the Battalion Lt Col Gabbatt and the OC of B Coy were killed at once. The 2nd in command Major G F Dickson, the OC C Coy Lt Chapman & the OC D Coy all fell severely wounded together with many officers NCOs & men. The German first line was however quickly stormed, and the 2nd line was also quickly carried, and the line pushed on. A heavy M.G. & rifle fire then opened from the left front.
He was one of 8 officers killed out of an initial 25. 559 Other Ranks out of an initial 806 were casualties.'

Service record:WO 339/22667
Unit War Diary:WO 95/1665/1