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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Morris, William Oliver Ernest

2nd Lieutenant William Oliver Ernest Morris
was born in Omagh on 11th January 1895.

He was the son of the late Capt & Quartermaster W A Morris MC (1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers) and Mrs E A Morris nee Montgomery, ‘Inverna’, Woodland Avenue, Belfast. 

Following his education at RBAI, Morris joined the Belfast Banking Company and served in North City, Dublin branch.

[Belfast Banking Company, North City, Dublin branch (1918)]

On 7th September 1914 he enlisted in Dublin into the South Irish Horse.   Morris was commissioned on 9th February 1915 to the King’s Regiment.   He was serving with 16th Bn. attached to the 12th Bn. The King's (Liverpool Regiment) as a 2nd Lieutenant when he was killed in action on 17th June 1916.

The battalion were in the trenches in front of Potijze, east of Ypres.  Following a quiet day, they were heavily shelled at dusk, with the front and support trenches being bombarded about midnight.  Six men were killed, including Morris. 

The Belfast News Letter of 23rd June 1916 reports:

Morris is buried in the Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, leper West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

The family memorial in Breandrum Cemetery in Enniskillen.  Capt W A Morris MC (father) 19th March 1917 and his son Lt E Morris 17th June 1916.

The regimental magazine 'The Sprig' records Morris' death as follows:

['The Sprig' - Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers regimental magazine]

[Photo courtesy of Nigel Henderson, Great War Belfast Clippings]

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