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2nd Lieutenant, 10th Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, attached 1st Battalion.

Died 1st October 1918, age 23.

Buried at Dadizeele New British Cemetery, France.

Student of dentistry.


 

Harold was the son of George Morris, a tobacco manufacturer, and Annie Jane Skitt of Shrewsbury. He was born on 3rd August 1895 and attended Shrewsbury High School and Wellington College, Salop where he was in the Officer Training Corps and a keen athlete. In 1915 he came to Manchester University to study dentistry. From July 1916 to June 1917 he was a member of the University Officer Training Corps. He enlisted as a private on 20th October 1916 and was gazetted 11 months later to the Royal Irish Fusiliers and sent to Armagh. After a period of being classed as fit for home service only due to pneumonia and debility he was recategorised and in April 1918 he was sent to France. The Ministry of National Service attempted to urgently release dental students from military service due to a short of qualified people in August 1918. The approval of Harold’s release by the War Office came too late and he was killed on 1st October 1918 while leading his platoon in an attack Hill 41 near Courtrai.