Rolls of Honour: Eccleshill, Park and St Luke’s; Arras Memorial
Regiment: West Yorkshire
Alfred Henry ‘Harry’ Morris
Alfred Henry Morris (known as Harry) was born in 1898 in Bradford the son of James and Priscilla, nee Dorrington.The couple married in Salfard but by 1901 they had moved to Idle. Ten years later they were living at 5 High Street Place, Idle and James was working as a fettler in woollen manufacturing. At 13 years of age Harry was working part time as a doffer in a worsted spinning mill. Harry enlisted as Private 505010 in the 12th Battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales Own) date unknown but possibly around his 18th birthday in March 1916.
At the time of his enlist- ment he was living at 19 Chapel Walk, Eccleshill.The third Battle of the Scarpe during the Arras offensive took place on the 3rd of May. Jeremy Banning, a freelance military historian writes “The confusion caused by the darkness; the speed with which the German artillery opened fire; the manner in which it concentrated upon the British infantry, almost neglecting the artillery; the intensity of its fire, the heaviest that many an experienced soldier had ever witnessed, seemingly
unchecked by British counter-battery fire and lasting almost without slackening for fifteen hours; the readiness with which the German infantry yielded to the first assault and the energy of its counter-attack; and, it must be added, the bewilderment of the British infantry on finding itself in the open and its inability to withstand any resolute counter-attack.” The attack was called off the following day after incurring heavy casualties. Harry was originally reported missing, then later as killed in
action and was one of four casualties who died on this day and whose names are recorded on the War Memorial in St Luke’s Church, Eccleshill. He was 19 years of age. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial where the names of 35,492 officers and men who fell in the Battles of Arras from the Spring of 1916 until 7th of August 1918 and have no known grave.He left his effects to his mother Priscilla who received £2.10.0d on the 28th of May 1918 and a War Gratuity of £3.0.0d on the 16th of April 1920.
. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks