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James Bloomfield Morris

Corporal
Rifle Brigade

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Born
Unknown - c. 1896
Died
France and Flanders - 30 November 1917
Age
21
Death
Unknown
Served in
Rifle Brigade
Awards
1915 Star, British War Medal & Victory Medal
Memorials
Unknown
Lived
54 Perth Road, Plaistow

James Bloomfield's story

From Barry Langridge’s research on the men of the Rifle Brigade:

Enlisted in September 1914.  Entered France on 30 July 1915.

 Corporal Morris, of the 10th Battalion Rifle Brigade, was killed in action on 30 November 1917. On the morning of 30 November the 10th Battalion was in the neighbourhood of La Vacquerie, north-western France. After the frontline trenches of the Battalion came under shell fire it was seen that the enemy had broken through on the right flank of the line.  Having to fall back, the Battalion came under heavy machine gun fire and was harassed by low flying aircraft, inflicting many casualties.  The Battalion was rallied and withdrawn to a sunken road at La Vacquerie.  A stand was made on a ridge behind the road, to be withdrawn to a trench in the Hindenburg Line three days later.  Cpl Morris was almost certainly one of the casualties on the day.

Service Number
S/4186
Mother
Emily
Father
John
Spouse
Unknown
Buried
Cambrai Memorial, France
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  1. Hilary
    November 19, 2014
    5:24 pm

    Hello
    James Bloomfield Morris was my great uncle. We do have photos and letters from him to his parents and my grandmother ( his sister)
    We know very little of what happened to him other than that he was listed as missing in action believed killed near Cambrai .
    The date is correct but the flag in your site seems to be placed near brugge .
    Also the bottom of your page mentions a Harry ??
    Was delighted to stumble across your project.

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