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OBITUARY NOTICE OF SGT WILLIAM ARCHARD MORRIS, DCM. FREEMAN OF CARMARTHEN
10TH MAY 1918

A Freeman of Carmarthen SERGT “ARCHIE” MORRIS, D.C.M., DIES FROM WOUNDS There were expressions of regret on all hands at Carmarthen on Friday last when the news arrived that Sergeant W. Archard Morris, D.C.M., Welsh Regiment, son of Mr. Phil Morris, compositor at the JOURNAL Office, and Mrs. Morris, Island Wharf, Carmarthen, had died In hospital in Birmingham from wounds ‘received in the recent offensive in France. Sgt. Archie” Morris, who had a long and meritorious service in the army, was well-known and highly popular in Carmarthen, and in January last, whilst home on leave from the front, the freedom of the borough was conferred upon him at a public meeting at the. Guildhall in recognition of his winning the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Order of St. George of Russia for bravery in France described in the “Gazette” of Sept 22nd, 1916, follows: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action. By his fine leadership a sap held against hostile attacks. Though wounded he remained throwing bombs for two hours. He has displayed great bravery on other occasions.” Although only thirty-eight years of age, the deceased was veteran in the service of his King ‘and Country. He served through the Boer War with the 1st Battalion the Welsh Regiment, and at the close of that campaign was awarded the Queen’s and King’s medals with six clasps. As a time-expired man, he enlisted at the outbreak of the present war, when he was working at Neath, and went out to France in November, 1914, and had served at the Western front for three and a half years. He had experienced very severe fighting, and at Pozieres was badly wounded. Of a kind and amiable disposition, he was very popular in his regiment, at Carmarthen, and at Neath, and the deepest sympathy is extended to his widow, a native of Stonely, Hunts. and to his parents and relatives. The four other sons of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Morris are, on active service. The high esteem in which Sergt. Morris was universally held in his native town was demonstrated in a marked degree at the funeral, ‘which took place at St.. David’s Churchyard; Carmarthen, on Tuesday. The body arrived from Birmingham the previous day. As was fitting in the case of such a brave and gallant gentleman the burial was carried out with military and civic honors. The funeral was largely attended by all sections of the community, while the streets were lined with crowds of sympathizers. The service at the house was conducted by the Rev. Gwynfe Jones (curate of St. David’s) and Mr. R. Bathe Davies (lay-reader), after which the cortege proceeded to Christ Church, where an impressive service was held. The cortege was headed by the Rev. Griffith Thomas (vicar of St. David’s), Rev. B. Parry Griffiths (vicar of St. Peter’s), Rev. Gwynfe Jones, and Mr. R. B. Davies, who were followed by a firing party of the local Volunteer Regiment, under the command of Lieut. Spurrell, who was in charge of the procession; the Town Band, led by Trumpeter John Jones, Magazine-row, which played the Dead March en route: the wounded soldiers at the Red Cross Hospital; the discharged sailors and soldiers of the town; the general body of the Volunteer Force; the St. David’s Church Lads’ Brigade, under Lieut. W. David Thomas; and a detachment of the Labour Battalion stationed at Carmarthen who formed the bearers. In front of the coffin marched the boys of the Model School (of which Sergt. Morris was an old pupil) with their headmaster, Mr. J. Howell Davies, each carrying a wreath, together with Mr. H. V. Burnhill, MM who was made freeman of the borough the same time as Sergt. Morris; and Mr. W.D. Jones, who assisted the Mayor and Mr. Lewis Giles in making the necessary arrangements.

The original headstone before being renewed in 1987. Note the different spelling for WELCH in comparison with the new one.

The coffin, wrapped in the Union Jack and surmounted by deceased’s cap, belt and bayonet, was borne on a bier, after which came his (widow); Mr. Phillip Morris (father); Staff-sergeant W. Cole, R.E., and Mrs. Cole, Cardiff (brother-in-law and sister) Miss A. May Morris, Cardiff (sister); Mr. Charles Davis, Graig, Treharris (brother- in-law); Mr. and- Mrs. J. Dent, Carmarthen (cousins); Mr: I Herbert Williams, Carmarthen (cousin); and Mr. Willie Jones, Pontypridd. Deceased’s four brothers were unable to be at the funeral as they arc on active service m Palestine.

Among the general public were the Mayor (Aid. Wm. Evans}; the deputy mayor Cllr, John Lewis, J.P.); Mr. H. Brunei White (town clerk); borough justices, and the Corporation. Sgt. Longden, D.C.M. Welsh Regiment (an old friend of the deceased), and Sergt. Jones, representing the Registration Staff, and other prominent gentlemen of the town. The cortege was met at Christ Church gate by the choir, the cross-bearer being Lance-corpl. Gwilym Lewis and the firing party lined up in the gateway. The Vicar conducted the service at Christ Church, the lesson being ‘read by the Rev. B. Parry Griffiths. The large congregation feelingly rendered the hymn, On the Resurrection Morning” and “Now the Laborer’s task is o’er.” As the procession left the sacred edifice, Griffith Thomas gave a beautiful -rendering of “0 rest in the Lord” on the organ. At the grave- side the committal prayers were delivered by the Revs. Griffith Thomas and Gwynfe Jones, after which “0 Fryniau Caersalem” was sung by the crowd of sympathizers who had gathered round.

Sunday 29th November 1987. All four headstones were renewed. Richard Goodridge – Chairman of the Thomas & Elizabeth Mayhook Charity is on the right. The poppies were laid by Captain Richard Withers (Adjutant 4th Volunteer Battalion)

The firing party then fired over the grave, and the “Last Post” was sounded by members of the C.L.B. Beautiful floral tributes were sent by the following:-His Wife, Mum and Sis, Stonely Hunts.; Father, Mother and Brothers; Sisters Minnie, Gertie and May; All at Millstream Cottage; Uncle, Auntie and Cousins, Friar’s Park; Mr and Mrs. Ernest Howell, of Handsworth. Birmingham; Journal Office Staff: Model Schools boys; Mr. and Mrs. Peters, Priory-street: Mrs. Alfred Olive and family, Jolly Tar; Mr. and Mrs. A. Crabb; Mrs. Jones end family; Mr. Bland Davies and family; Mrs. Hopkins and family; Mary and Lizzie, 16, Quay-street; Mrs. Jones, 19, Blue-street; Mattie and Jennie, Bridge-street; Fred and Alice: Mr. D. J. Harris, Buckingham- place; Mrs. Griffiths and family, Buckingham place; Mrs. Thomas and Maggie; Mr. and Mrs. W. Burnhill, Friar’s Park; Gunner Jim Jones; Mrs. M. Rees, MiII- street: and Mrs. D. Phillips, Mill-street.- Mr. Morris and family desire to thank all who sent them letters of sympathy and floral tributes in their bereavement.

 

RUSSIAN DECORATION FOR CARMARTHEN D.C.M.

Mr. & Mrs. Philip Morris; 24. Island Wharf, Carmarthen, have been informed that their son. Corporal W Archie Morris, Welsh Regiment, has been awarded the Russian Order of St. George in addition to the DCM. On Tuesday morning Mrs. Morris received the following letter from Corporal W H Farrell, Welsh Regiment, of 2, Woodland Terrace, Troedyrhiw, Glam…

“Dear Mrs. Morris, I expect you will be surprised to have a letter from a person, who is a stranger to you, but I have seen your son’s photo, in the Evening Express and the announcement that he has been awarded the D.C.M. No doubt you are proud of the fact, and so are all who know him. I had the pleasure of knowing Archie (as we called him) for eight months, and in fact it is he that I have to thank for my being alive to-day. I enlisted in the 3rd Welsh with a chum two years ago, and the following Feb- got drafted to the 2nd Battalion in France, where we met Archie, and we became great pals. We kept together until September of last year, when we went into the battle of Loos. Two days later, in the middle of the night. I became severely wounded in the back by a piece of shell and was clean out for a while. On coming round I shouted for assistance and Archie came to my aid, carried me back to safety, and bandaged me up. No doubt, but for his timely aid, I would have died through loss of blood. My pal has told me since he came home wounded a few weeks ago that Archie had been badly wounded, and we heard no more about him. I hope you will send him this letter, and I trust it will find him alive and well again. I have been discharged a good while now, as I am partially disabled, but would like, to meet Archie if possible to thank him. This is only one act of bravery out of many that your son has done and I send him my heartiest congratulations on him winning the D.C.M., and he has earned it right well. When you send him this he will remember me, also my chum, Lance Corporal Thos Jones, now in Cardiff. I will close now, trusting you are in the best of health.”Corporal Morris has four brothers presently serving in the Army, “Corporal Phil. Morris, Pembroke Yeomanry, Sapper, Arthur Morris, Royal Engineers; Trooper Denver Morris, Welsh Territorial’s – Sapper Ernest Morris, Royal Engineers: while his brother-in-law, Sergeant William Cole, is serving with the Royal Engineers. His father, Mr. Philip Morris, is a Volunteer of many years standing, and formerly belonged to the 12th Glamorgan (old Taff battalion, the 2nd Carmarthen, and the Isle of Wight Rifles)

The above article appeared in the Carmarthen Journal 24th November 1916, page 8

CARMARTHEN VETERAN SOLDIER OF
KANDAHAR HERO PASSES AWAY.

The news of the death of Sergeant Goble at a military hospital in North Wales on Thursday last week was received with much regret at Carmarthen. He had a splendid record of military service, having served in the Regular Army many years. He was one of the now dwindling band of hero’s of the Afghan campaign of 1878 and took part in the celebrated march to Kandahar under Lord Roberts. Sergt Goble could tell many thrilling stories of that campaign when he served in the Elephant Battery. He was a native of Worthing, Sussex. He came to Carmarthen a good many years ago as instructor for the Royal Garrison Artillery. As soon as the present war broke out Sergt Goble was anxious to do his bit once again, and after being employed for a period at the Army Remount Depot at Carmarthen, he joined on the 21st Feb1915, a service battalion of the Welsh Regiment stationed at a North Wales camp, and remained there until his death after a short illness. He was 64 years of age. He leaves a widow, four daughters and four sons-two of whom are serving with the Army. On Monday the body, accompanied by four sergeants from deceased’s camp arrived at Carmarthen, and they were met at the station by the local V.T.C., under the command of Mr. Walter Spurrell. The funeral, which was a military one, took place on Tuesday, interment being made at St. David’s graveyard. The cortege was headed by a number of the V.T.C., under the command of Mr. John Saer, and was followed by the hearse, the coffin being draped with the Union Jack, and surmounted by beautiful floral wreaths. There were a number of wounded soldiers from the Red Cross Hospital and soldiers from the Registration Staff present. The bearers were deceased’s fellow sergeants. The Rev. Griffith Thomas, vicar of St. David’s, officiated throughout. At the graveside the “Last Post” was sounded by a bugler from Kinmel Park. The chief mourners were: Mrs Goble (widow); Masters Albert and James Goble (sons); the Misses Nellie, May, Jenny and Nancy Goble (daughters); Mrs. F. Goble (daughter-in-law); and Mrs Kettley, Parcmaen street. Wreaths were sent by the Widow and Children; Stan Robinson; Mr. and Mrs Weaks; Sergeants’ Mess at Kinmel Park; Staff at the Land Valuation Offices; Mrs. Kettley; Mrs. Reeves; Members of his Company at Kinmel Park; Annie and May Morgan, Kidwelly The two elder sons of the late soldier, who are on active service in France, were unable to come home in time, for the funeral. Mrs. Goble and family wish to thank their friends for the sympathy extended to them in their bereavement.

CARMARTHEN JOURNAL 8TH JUNE 1917 SECOND EDITION PAGE 3.

 

MR HARRY EVANS.

We regret to announce the death of Mr. Harry Evans, 3, Glannant Road, Carmarthen, which event took place on Saturday last at the residence of his sister and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. D. J. Davies, 37, Queen-street, Llandovery, in his 25th year. Deceased joined the Royal Garrison Artillery the second week of the war, and served in France and Salonika for some time. Owing to ill-heath, he was discharged some time ago. He was only a few days at Llandovery, thinking that a change would do him good. Deceased was the fourth son of the late Mr. John Evans, weaver (whose death we recorded in these columns only a few weeks ago), and was a very highly respected young man. The body arrived in Carmarthen by motor-car on Monday evening. The funeral, which was for men only, took place on Wednesday afternoon last at St. David’s Churchyard, and was largely attended, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather. The service at the house was conducted by the Vicar (Rev. Griffith Thomas) and at the church the Vicar and the Rev. J. Gwynfe Jones (curate) officiated, while the former further officiated at the graveside. The chief mourners were: John, Teddy and Victor (brothers); Mr. D. J. Davies (brother law); Mr. David Evans, St. David’s Street, Mr. John: Griffiths, St. David’s-street (uncle). Wreaths were sent by the following: Mother and sisters; David Jack, Ted and Victor; Misses Hancocke, Wimbledon; Mrs. Orman and family, 6, Glannant road; Agnes and Polly, 37: Water street; Mr. and Mrs. Harries Millstream Cottage; Sallie and Willie, 4, Glannant-road; Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Cardigan House; Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Green Hill, Trevaughan; Mrs. Williams, Cemetery Lodge; Ebenezer Thomas, Drover’ Arms; Gwladys and all at 38, Water-street; Mr. and Mrs. W. Bartlett, Castle House; Mrs. Phillips and family, Water-street; all at 2 Glannant- road; Miss Ellen Griffiths, 46, Lammas- street. The family wish to sincerely thank all those who sympathised with them in their sad bereavement.

Carmarthen Journal 29th June 1917 page 1

Private Brighty Thomas Lewis – Welsh Regiment

His many friends learned with regret of the death of Pte. Brighty Thomas Lewis, 1/4 Welsh Regiment, son of Mr. D. Lewis, 47, Mill-street, which occurred on Saturday at the age of 29 years. Deceased joined the Army in November, 1914, and landed in Egypt in August, 1915. He had served in the East for about three and a half years. He was wounded in March. 1916, and again on July 13th, 1918, when he had the misfortune to lose his right leg. Pte. Lewis arrived home from hospital on December 14th, and had been under several operations for his leg. Before joining the Army, he was a collier at Ponthenry. Sympathy is felt with the bereaved father, widow and two little children in their sorrow. The funeral took place on Tuesday at St. David’s Churchyard, Revs. E. Basil Herbert and J. Gwynfe Jones officiating. Deceased was accorded military honours, and the funeral was a very impressive one. Heading the cortege were the Deputy Mayor (Ald. John Lewis, J.P.), and Councillor Thos. Davies, who were followed by a large muster of soldiers on leave, among whom were several repatriated prisoners of war. Members of the Discharged Soldiers’ Federation were also present in good numbers, in charge of by Mr. Meredith Williams, chairman of the local branch. At the graveside the Last Post” was sounded by Mr. Dan Bowen. The chief mourners were Mr. D Lewis (father), Mr. D. Ray (father-in-law), Messrs D. Thomas, W. Evans, D. Evans  and F Bye (brothers-in-law) and Mr. David Lewis (cousin). Floral tributes were received from the following: All his friends; Mrs. Richards 7 Mill- street; Mrs. Richards,1 Cotterill’s Lane; Mrs Mortimer, 2 Mill-street; Mrs. Richards, Cambrian Place; Mrs. Evans 34 King-street; Mrs. Williams, 32, Mill-street- and Mrs. Evans, Fountain Hall, Terrace.

Carmarthen Journal 28th February 1919 page 4

MR. G. H. WALTON.

Among those who halve succumbed to pneumonia following influenza is Mr. George Herbert Walton, elder son of Mrs. Walton, 73, Lammas-street, Carmarthen, who passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 25 years. He was a teacher by profession, and for the past nine months was on the staff at Pentrepoeth Boys’ School. He was an old student of the South Wales Training College, Carmarthen, and formerly belonged to the College Company, 4th Welsh Regiment, and mobilised at the outbreak of the war. Mr. Walton was a popular young man, and was greatly esteemed by a wide circle of friends. He was a faithful member of Christ Church. He is survived by his mother, one brother (Sapper William Walton, R.E., (who has been in Egypt for the past three years), and one sister, with whom deep sympathy is felt. The funeral will take place to-day (Friday) at St. David’s Churchyard.

Carmarthen Journal 8th November 1918 page 1

MR. R. A. EVANS. The death occurred on Wednesday morning of Mr. Richard Albert Evans, third son of Mr and Mrs T. Evans 29, St. Catherine street, Carmarthen, at the age of 27 years. Deceased was one of four brothers who had served in the recent war, and had been in the East for four years and four months. He belonged to the 4th Welsh Regiment and was at Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, being Sergeant (Regimental) Shoe Maker. He was taken ill on the way home from the East last March, and had been ailing since that time. Of an amiable disposition he was popular with officers and men of his regiment. Deceased was a member of St. David’s Church. His three brothers who survive him are: Mr. Johnny Evans (who served in France), Donald Evans (who was at Gallipoli, Egypt and Palestine, and was on the ship “Transylvania” when she was torpedoed on her journey from Egypt to England), and Mr. Evan David Evans (who did duty in this country, being past for home service only). Much sympathy is felt with the parents and family in their sad bereavement. The funeral will take place at St. David’s Churchyard at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Carmarthen Journal 8th August 1919 page 1.