Frank James Morse (1887 - 1917) Regimental No. 8497

The Morse family were all born in the villages around Shrivenham as James, Frank's father, moved around in his trade as an agricultural labourer. Frank was working as a baker's assistant aged 13 in 1901, when the family (two sisters, four brothers, including Fred) was living in Stratton St Margaret. The family later moved to Burycroft Row, Wanborough and were living there in 1911.

Frank enlisted before 1911, when he was stationed in South Africa in the 1st Wiltshire Regiment, providing support after the Boer War. When the Great War began, he mobilised at Bristol on 28th August 1914 in the Duke of Edinburgh Wiltshire Regiment in the 2nd Battalion, , 21st Brigade, 7th (later 30th) Division. He fought in a number of battles on the Western Front around the Somme.

Frank died on 9th January 1917 of wounds incurred in a battle towards the end of the first Somme offensive, aged 30. He is buried at Warlingcourt Halte British Cemetery, in section III J 8, at Saulty near Arras.

Warlincourt Halte Cemetery