Morris, Hugh

Hugh Morris was born in St,. Helens, Lancashire during 1888.

The 1911 Census tells us that he lived with his widowed mother Jane Morris and his elder brother William at Conway’s Row, Bagillt, Flintshire.   He was at that time employed at Bettisfield Colliery as a Waggoner. (he drove a 4-wheeled cart).

Hugh enlisted as a Private with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers at the Recruiting Office, Flint in 1916.  He was killed in Action on Tuesday 27th February 1917 aged 28 Years.

County Herald – Friday 23 March 1917 – Another Local Hero.  –   It is with regret we announce that the official intimation has been received by Mrs Jane Morris of Green Park, Bagillt, that her son Private Hugh Morris has been killed in action.  This took place some months ago.  Before he enlisted the deceased was employed as a Collier at the Bettisfied Colliery.  He was about 24 years of age and the sympathies of relatives and friends in Bagillt are extended to the bereaved mother in her sad loss. 

On 29 August 1917 a payment of 8s.5p was made by the War Office to Mrs Jane Morris, this being monies owed to her son Hugh.  On 12 December 1919, a further payment which is recorded as a War Gratuity of £3.0s.0d was also made to her.

He is also remembered on the North Wales Heroes Memorial Arch, Deiniol Road, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales.

There is a Flintshire Roll of Honour Card for him at the County Archives Office, Hawarden.  This was completed on 4 February 1920 by his mother, Jane Morris

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