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Tracing Your Roots To Gallipoli

Remembering some of the Bolton men who lost their lives in the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915

James Morris (1)

James was the son of John Morris, a mechanical draughtsman b.1851 and Sarah Morris née Greenhalgh b.1851.

He first appeared on the 1881 Census living at 248 Waterloo Street with his parents and siblings Frederick b.1879 and Annie J b.1880. His father's 10 year old brother, Walter Morris was also living with the family.

The family were still at the same address in 1891. James was by then employed as a clerk in the Sanitary Department.

By 1901 James was living alone at 1 Bolivia Terrace, Heacham, Norfolk and was working as a sanitary inspector surveyor.

He married Jane Rafter b.1879 at St Luke's Church, Weaste, Salford on 29 March 1902.

In 1911 the couple were living at Belmont House, Neville Road, Heacham, Norfolk with son, John Colin Morris b.1904. James was by then Inspector of Nuisances and Surveyor for Docking Urban District Council.

On the night of 28 October 1915 the auxiliary minesweeper HMS Hythe collided with the troopship HMS Sarnia off Cape Helles, Gallipoli. HMS Sarnia was on her way back from dropping off soldiers on the beach while HMS Hythe was on her way in, fully laden with 230 men bound for Gallipoli. HMS Hythe sank within 10 minutes of the accident and of the 154 who drowned, 129 of them belonged to the 1/3rd Kent (Fortress) Field Company, Royal Engineers. James was one of those who died.

His son, John Colin Morris later became a civil engineer.

Name Morris, James
Rank Sapper
Number 1955
Unit 1/3rd Kent Field Coy,
Royal Engineers
Born Bolton, Lancashire
Enlisted Hunstanton, Norfolk
Died At sea
28 October 1915
Age 39
Grave or Memorial Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey
Loyal Nort Lancashire Regiment