No.205546, Private, Reginald James MORLEY
2nd Battalion, Essex Regiment
Regionald James MORLEY was born at Hamlet Road, Haverhill on 16th August 1899 (Risbridge Q3-1899 4A:800), baptised in Haverhill St Mary's
on 10th September 1899, son of Arthur and Mary Elizabeth MORLEY (née HALL).|
1901 census...Aged 1, he was at 10 Withersfield Road, Haverhill with his father Arthur MORLEY  journeyman baker born Great Wratting; his mother Mary E  born Ramsgate, Kent; brother Frederick A.L.  born Haverhill and a boarder (grandfather ?)William MORLEY  retired coachman born Great Wratting.
1911 census...Aged 11, he was still at 10 Withersfield Road with his parents, brothers Frederick (journeyman baker) and Sydney  born Haverhill.
He enlisted in Haverhill.
The Battalion was in the area of Mont Bernanchon, NW of Bethune. The war diary has:-
"Front line - 29th - Our artillery shelled enemy back areas and communications from midnight to 3 am and put a barrage on first system from 2:45 am to 3 am. No retaliation whatever. Wiring and digging still being carried out but front line is still not yet dug continuous. Full moon makes these operations somewhat difficult. Casualties 2/Lt LAF SMEE wounded, 1 OR killed 2 OR to F.A."
CWGC actually have 2 of the battalion dying that day.
photo courtesy of Ian Westrope photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
photo courtesy of Ian Westrope
photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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