MORLEY, Joseph

No.53219, Private, Joseph MORLEY
Aged 25

10th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own)
Killed in Action on Sunday, 20th October 1918

Joseph Morley was born in Beck Row in 1898,(Mildenhall Q1-1899 4A:885), son of Matthew and Harriet MORLEY (née LEONARD).

1901 census...Aged 2, he was at North Street, Mildenhall with his father Matthew MORLEY [45] a builder; his mother Harriet[43]; brothers Mathew [15] bricklayer, and Archibald [10]; sister Florence [12]. All recorded as born in Mildenhall.

1911 census... Aged 12, he was in Beck Row with his parents and brothers Matthew John and Archibald, both bricklayers.

He enlisted in Newmarket.
The war diary has:-
Neuvilly -01:00-Patrol under 2/Lt E Barnes occupied and held mill houses about k.9.c.5.1. {SHEET 57B} Patrol under 2/Lt H Bryant encountered enemy hodling copse on E side of river in k.8.d. and k.9.a.0.0. 2/Lt Bryant wounded and 8 casualties OR.
02:00 -ZERO. Barrage on enemy positions. DORSETS N of village, E YORKS S of village advance to attack, each closely followed by two coys of W YORKS, ie A & D Coys North, and B & C South.
05:00 Village cleared and battn took up position E of and along line of the railway in k.2.d and k.9.a BHQ established at k.8.a.7.8.
06:00 Coys re-organised and consolidation of their positions. Enemy shelled NEUVILLY and the valley intermittently throughout the day, mostly gas.

CWGC records 19 men killed from the 10th West Yorks.

circled, the area they were fighting in

photo: Rodney Gibson

Joseph Morley is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, panel 4
and originally in Mildenhall memorial

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