Thomas Morrell

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Service number:
South Lancashire Regiment
Date of birth:
12 April 1884
Date of death:
18 September 1918
Age at Death:

Known information

Thomas Morrell was the only child of John and Elizabeth Morrell and was born in Whissendine on 12 April 1884. He joined the Royal Field Artillery on 21 September 1916 and was sent to Ireland for training. He later transferred to the South Lancashire Regiment and went out to Salonica (Greece) on 25 January 1917 with the 9th Battalion. Thomas was reported missing on 18 September 1918 and it is believed he died that day. The British Red Cross, which had been trying to find out what happened to him, eventually wrote to his family: "In the dispatches published on 23 January 1919, after describing the position to be assaulted by the British as one of exceptional strength, General Milne goes on to say, 'On the left the 66th Infantry Brigade, which had been detailed to lead the attack on the P Ridge, advanced with consummate self sacrifice and gallantry. Here the enemy had established three strong lines of defence, teeming with concrete machine-gun emplacements, from which they could sweep and enfilade the whole front. After severe fighting the 12th Battalion Cheshire Regiment and the 9th Battalion South Lancashire Regiment, supported by the 8th Battalion King's Shropshire Light Infantry, succeeded in reaching the third line of trenches. At this point they came under devastating machine-gun fire and, unable to make further progress, were eventually compelled to fall back to their original position.'  It was during this time that Thomas was killed." The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has his age as 38, while the 1901 Census says he was born around 1885, making him 34. Thomas has no known grave and is remembered on the Doiran Memorial in Greece as well as on Whissendine's war memorial. He left a widow, Elizabeth.

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Thomas was my great grandfather I have visited St Andrews church numerous times.Many of my relatives are buried there
By aly1957 on Monday 20th October '14 at 9:11pm

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