Morris, Randall Foulkes

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Mavis Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Connahs Quay

Name / Enw: Morris, Randall Foulkes

Regiment/Catrawd: Royal Welsh Fusiliers 8th Bn.

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Private 11895

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Shrapnel Valley Cemetery

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: IV. F. 6.

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: Turkey

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: Victory & British Medals 15 Star

Date of Death: 7th August 1915

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

Killed in Action 7th August 1915

Randall Foulkes Morris was the brother of David Jones Morris who was also named on the Connah’s Quay/Shotton Memorial and has his own page on this website. Please follow the link to that page to see the family story as recorded on the census returns.

UK soldiers who died in the Great War 1914 -19, accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental information above and adds that Randall enlisted in Shotton.

Randall’s medal card also accessible on ancestry, records his medal details and also tells us that his first theatre of war was the Balkans and that he entered it on 28th June 1915

There is an index card for Randall Foulkes Morris in the Flintshire Roll of Honour in The County Record Office in Hawarden. (Flintshire WW1 Index Cards F 32 Shotton). The regimental details above are confirmed. The address given is 24, Wellington Street, Shotton.  It tells us he served for  1 year and that he  died  in Gallipoli  on the 7th August 1915. The card was signed on the 20th January 1920 by Lucy Morris.

More of Randall’s brothers were in the War as well:-

In the County Herald dated 5th October 1917 a List of Casualties was published and Thomas Morris was among the men who were named as having been Wounded – Royal Welsh Fusiliers – MORRIS – 11518 T. (Shotton)   (Randall Foulkes MORRIS’S brother.)

The Absent Voter’s List 1918 shows the names of the other brothers as well.

5431 MORRIS,William                  24                  240546 Pte., R.W.F.

5432 MORRIS, John                      24                  33301 Pte., R.W.F.

5433 MORRIS, David Jones          24                  24243Pte., 3rd R.W.F.

5434 MORRIS, Thomas                 24                  11518 L./Cpl. 16th R.W.F.

I have excepts from the War Diary of the 8th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers which may help to explain when and how Randall died.  If you would like a copy, please contact the website.

The County Herald 3rd September 1915 -Roll of Honour – Morris, Killed in action at the Dardanelles on the 7th Inst. Private Randall Foulkes Morris, 24, Wellington Avenue, Shotton.

Roll of Honour County Herald 3rd Sept 1915. Randall Foulkes MORRIS - 2

Randall was named on 2 other memorials – the Hawarden War Memorial and St Mary’s Parish Church, Flint. Somebody made an effort to ensure he was remembered. Follow the links to read his story.

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Randall’s grave at Shrapnel Valley Cemetery. Thanks to Bill Rosedale 2016