Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.

H. Morris

Hayward Morris was born at Ditton Priors in 1897. He was the son of Thomas Morris, an engine driver employed by the Abdon Clee Quarry Company, and his wife, Fanny. The Morris family lived in Ditton Priors. In 1901 their address was Wood End, and in 1911, Powkes More, (CWGC has 'Pawkesmoor').

Hayward was still at school in 1911. He probably went to work at the quarry - like his father and his older brother George.

Hayward served with the 7th Battaliom King's Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 22nd March, 1918 at the start of the German Spring Offensive.

On 21st March, the battalion had been ordered into trenches west of Heninel (near Arras) to prepare for an enemy attack. They suffered badly from gas and high explosive shells on the journey up to the trenches - the casualties amounted to several officers and 80 men. On the following night (the 22nd) they were ordered to withdraw to the reserve line. Hayward Morris has no known grave. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

Private Hayward Morris, 201789 KSLI, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

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