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  • All of the photos on this page, apart from the CWGC headstone, are courtesy of Nicholas Clark. Thanks to Brian Szowkomud who forwarded them.
Person Details
09 Jul 1895
West Bridgford, Nottingham
John Glynne (known as Glynne) was the son of John Jones Morris and Emily Powell Morris nee Lloyd. His father, John Jones, was the son of Robert and Jane Morris and was born in Clocaenog, Denbighshire, in about 1858. His family lived in Wales, but by 1881 John (22). a general clerk, was living on Glebe Street, Nottingham, as a boarder in the household of George and Elinor Duke. Elinor had been born in Ruthin, Denbighshire. Emily Powell Lloyd was the daughter of Edwin and Anne Lloyd and was born in Oxford in 1862 (J/A/S Headington Oxon). However, in 1881 the family was llving at 203 Wilford Road, Nottingham. Her father was a civil servant (postmaster) and Emily was a pupil teacher (schoolmistress). John and Emily were married in 1883 (O/N/D Nottingham) and had eight children of whom six survived. Six children were named on the census between 1891 and 1911; they were all born in West Bridgford: Hilda Ceredwin b. 22 October 1886 (O/N/D Basford), Gladys Emilie b. 1889 (A/M/J Basford), John Glynne b. 9 July 1895 (J/A/S Basford), Arthur Hope b. 22 April 1891 (A/M/J Bingham), Dilys Gwendoline b. 1898 (J/A/S Basford) and Ivor Lloyd b. 16 March 1900 (A/M/J Basford). With the exception of Dilys, all the records give the mother's maiden name as Lloyd. In 1891 John (32), now a solicitor's clerk, and Emily (28) were living on Normanton Lane, Plumtree, Nottinghamshire, with their two daughters, Hilda (4) and Gladys (1). Also inthe household was a general servant, Eliza Purdy (17). By 1901 the family was living at 61 Stratford Road, West Bridgford: John (42), described as an accountant, stockbroker and estate agent, Emily (38) and their six children, Hilda (14), Gladys (11), Arthur (9), John (5), Dylis (2) and Ivor (1) John and Emily had moved house again by 1911 and were living at 31 Bruce Grove, Nottingham. John (52) was now a law clerk in a solicitor's office. Four of their six children were in the home on the night of the census: John (15) a clerk for a lace finishing company, Dilys (12), Ivor (11) and their married daughter Hilda Owens, her husband Harry Bostock (28), an unemployed motor engineer, and their son John. Harry Owens was born in Liverpool on 22 May 1883, the son of Edward Bostock, an accountant, and Mary Owens of 11 Canon Road, Liverpool; he was baptised on 18 November 1883 at Walton Brack Holy Trinity Church, Liverpool. He and Hilda were married in 1909 (J/F/M Toxteth Park Lancashire) and their son was born the following year (1910 A/M/J Toxteth Park. Lancashire). The family home was again in West Bridgford at 76 Stratford Road, when the youngest son, Ivor, enlisted under-age in 1914. John and Emily were still living at the same address when she died on 30 January 1925 (J/F/M Basford); she was 62 years old. The widowed John was probably living in the household of the widowed Florence Harvey (b. 1881) and her unmarried son at 14 Haddon Road, West Bridgford, at the time of 1939 England & Wales Register. His date of birth was given as 12 May 1858 and his occupation as 'retired cashier'. However, at the time of his death at the age of 83 on 19 January 1942 he was living at 9 Elvaston Road, Nottingham, the home of one of his two surviving sons. Of Glynne's siblings: Hilday Ceredwin married Claude Victor Sainsbury Skrimshire in 1935 (J/F/M Pancras London). Claude (b. 28 September 1878) was a regular soldier having joined the Suffolk Regiment in 1900 but had served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in the war. He served with the expeditionary force in Salonika although was admitted to Craiglockhart Hospital on 15 March 1917 suffering from neurasthenia, discharged 3 July 1917. By 1939 Hilda, a retired private secretary, and Claude, a retired major (RGA), were living at Godfrey Farm, New Forest, Hampshire. Claude died in 1964 (A/M/J Christchurch Hants) aged 84 and Hilda in 1973 (J/F/M Hitchin, Herts). There is a record of a Harry B Owens serving in the Army Service Corps (MS/352) and of the marriage of a Harry B Owens to Gertrude M Carter in 1935 (J/F/M Liverpool South Lancashire); the same period as Hilda's remarriage. Gertrude appears to have died the same year (1935 J/A/S Birkenhead) aged 51 (b. 1884). The 1939 England & Wales Register has a Harry B Owens b. 22 May 1884 (sic), widowed, a motor engineer, living at 2 Dove Street, Liverpool. Gladys Emilie married John Toplis (b. 19 September 1883) in 1906 (A/M/J Nottingham) and had two sons: John Geoffrey b. 8 January 1913 (J/F/M Blaby Leics, d. 2004 O/N/D Nottingham) and Peter Glynne b. 28 August 1915 (O/N/D Blaby, d. 2001 J/F/M Rushcliffe). In 1939, Gladys, John, a district manager for Raleigh Cycle Co., and their son Peter, a traveller, were living at 12 Cromford Road, West Bridgford. Gladys died at the age of 79 in 1969 (J/F/M Nottingham) and John in 1973 (O/N/D Basford). Arthur Hope married Ada Wood (b. 23 August 1884) in 1916 (J/A/S Basford). At the time of the 1939 England & Wales Register they were living at 70 Grove Walk, Norwich, with their daughter Joan (b. 17 February 1920, later de Jonge) who was a stenographer in a brewer's office. He was a district manager for a cycle manufacturer. Arthur died on 10 February 1959 (J/F/M Acle Norfolk) aged 67. Probate: Morris Arthur Hope of 70 Grove Walk Norwich died 10 February 1959 at 3 Yarmouth Road Thorpe St. Andrew Norfolk Probate Norwich 2 April to Wilfred George de Jonge company director. Effects £5043 19s. 11d. Dilys Gwendoline has not yet been traced after the 1911 Census. Ivor Lloyd enlisted in the 7th Bn (Reserve) Sherwood Foresters on 19 October 1914. He added five years to his age, claiming to be 19 years 7 months old; his medical records gave his height as 5ft. 4inches and his weight 112lbs, not an unusual physique for someone of his claimed age. He gave his trade as clerk. He served for 1 year and 298 days, probably on home service, before being discharged from the Army on 11 August 1916; 'Became non-effective by discharge having made a mis-statement as to age on enlistment. Ref: Para 392 (v.i.a) KRR.' He would have been 18 years old on 15 March 1918, but it is not known if he was conscripted in the last year of the war. He married Florence I Heaney in 1923 (A/M/J Basford), and they had at least two children: Glynne B Morris b. 20 March 1924 (J/F/M Basford) and Ivor R Morris b. 1925 (O/N/D Basford). In 1939, Ivor, a clerk accounts correspondence, his wife and son Peter, a clerk (solicitors), were living at 6 Hardwick Grove, West Bridgford. Ivor died in 1978 (O/N/D Nottingham).
In 1911 he was a clerk for a lace finishing company but an assistant cashier at Ericssons, Beeston, when he enlisted.
23 Sep 1917
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152920 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
16th Bn Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regiment)
Morris trained at South Somercotes, Lincolnshire. Morris wrote a sequence of letters to his parents shortly after he received his commission in April 1917 (see 'Extra Information'). He was wounded on 12 September 1917 while serving in the trenches and died two weeks later on 29 September. He was buried in Reninghelst New Military Cemetery (Grave Reference: IV D 5).
Personal inscription CWGC headstone: 'Thank God for Glynne' The sequence of letters below describe his death and burial. The padre's reference to 'WE THANK GOD FOR EVERY REMEMBRANCE OF YOU' probably inspired the inscription on Morris's headstone. The Extracts from Morris's letters have been taken from Sunken Roads by Nicholas Clark (Nottingham: Erran Publishing,1989). Thanks to Brian Szowkomud who forwarded them. 'I do worry,' he wrote to his parents shortly after being commissioned in April 1917, 'when I think of all those petty quarrels at home for which everyone is equally to blame.' Morris was echoing Rupert Brooke's 1914 sonnet Peace: Glad from a world grown old and cold and weary, Leave the sick hearts that honour could not move, And half-men, and their dirty songs and dreary, And all the little emptiness of love! Preparing for the start of 3rd Ypres in July 1917, Morris wrote 'If it is God's will that I go under then it is for the best' which again is reminiscent of Brooke's 'And the worst friend and enemy is but Death.' Resting in August, Morris referred to 'the most awful and ghastly affair imaginable.' Those he commanded had been 'simply great. I was awfully proud to lead such men.' 'Everyone proclaims,' he noted,' it to be the greatest battle of the war and as such the greatest battle in the history of the world.' Nottingham Evening Post, Thursday 27 September 1917, Roll of Honour: 'Died of Wounds. Lieut. JG Morris. Second-Lieut. John Glynne Morris, second son of Mr and Mrs JJ Morris, 76 Stratford-road, West Bridgford, died on the 23rd inst. from wounds received in action on the 12th. He received his commission in the Sherwood Foresters in April this year, and was drafted to the front a few weeks later. He was formerly assistant cashier at Messrs. Ericssons, Beeston.' David Nunn Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Roll of Honour’ 26 September 1917: ‘Morris. John Glynne Morris, Second-Lieut., Sherwood Foresters, second son of Mr and Mrs JJ Morris, 76 Stratford-road, West Bridgford, died on the 23rd inst, from wounds received in action on the 12th September.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 31 January 1925: ‘Morris. January 30th, Emily, beloved wife of JJ Morris, 76, Stratford-road, West Bridgford, Funeral Wilford Hill, Monday, at 2.45.’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Nottingham Evening Post, ‘Deaths’, 22 January 1942: ‘Morris. John Jones, aged 83, late of West Bridgford, at the home of his son, 9 Elvaston-road. Funeral Wilford Hill, Friday, 2.30pm’ (www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk) Probate: Morris John Jones of 9 Elvaston-road Nottingham died 19 January 1942 Administration Nottingham 24 February to Arthur Hope Morris district manager. Effects £255 12s. 4d.
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Photos

  • All of the photos on this page, apart from the CWGC headstone, are courtesy of Nicholas Clark. Thanks to Brian Szowkomud who forwarded them.
    John Glynne Morris - All of the photos on this page, apart from the CWGC headstone, are courtesy of Nicholas Clark. Thanks to Brian Szowkomud who forwarded them.
  • Drawing sent home by Morris from the front line
    - Drawing sent home by Morris from the front line
  • Collection of letters charting how Morris's condition rapidly deteriorated
    - Collection of letters charting how Morris's condition rapidly deteriorated
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  • Telegram received by Morris's family
    - Telegram received by Morris's family
  • Inventory of Morris's personal effects
    - Inventory of Morris's personal effects
  • CWGC headstone marking the grave of John Glynne Morris, Reninghelst Military Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle
    John Glynne Morris - CWGC headstone marking the grave of John Glynne Morris, Reninghelst Military Cemetery, Belgium. Photograph courtesy of Murray Biddle