Horace Wilfred Morley, Private 44995, 1st/5th Bn., Northumberland Fusiliers
Killed in action 26th October 1917 in Belgium, aged 38
Horace Wilfred Morley was born on 24 February 1879 in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, the son of Sarah and Robert Morley, a coal miner. In 1881, two-year-old Horace was living at Main St, Kimberley with his parents and sisters Edith Ellen (9), Harriet Elizabeth (8), Amelia Kate (5) and Myra Maria (3).
By 1891, Horace’s father Robert had changed his occupation, and was a salesman for Prudential Assurance. The family had moved house to 10 Woodland Rd, Derby, and included six more children: Gertrude (9), Harry (7), Cyril (6), Elsie (5), Alma (3), and seven-month-old baby Arnold. Ten years later the family had moved again, to 98 Old Chester Rd, Derby, and Horace, then aged 22, was also employed as an agent with Prudential Assurance.
Horace was educated at Salisbury Road School in Liverpool, and transferred to Orchard Street School, Derby on 5 May 1889, leaving that school on 23 December 1892.
In 1904, Horace married Lily Rich at Derby register office, and by 1911 the couple had a five-year-old daughter, Iris, and had moved to 34 Byrons Lane, Macclesfield.
Horace enlisted in Stockport with the Army Cyclist Corps (53rd Divisional Cyclist Company) but was later transferred to the 1/5th Battalion of the Northumberland Fusiliers.
Private Morley was reported missing in November 1917 and his death was confirmed in the Macclesfield Times on 12 July 1918:
Pte H W Morley, Northumberland Fusiliers, who last November was posted as missing, is now officially reported to have been killed. Private Morley formerly resided at 34 Byrons Lane, Macclesfield, and was an assistant superintendent in the Macclesfield District of the Prudential Assurance company. He had seen fifteen months’ service in France, and was home on leave ten weeks prior to being reported missing.
Private Horace Morley has no known grave and is commemorated on panel ref. 19 to 23 and 162 on the Tyne Cot Memorial, West Vlaanderen, Belgium. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission holds casualty details for Private Horace Morley, and he is listed on the Imperial War Museum’s Lives of the First World War website.
Census (England & Wales): 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
Derbyshire Registrars Marriage Index (Find My Past)
National School Admission Registers and Log-books: Orchard Street British School, Derby
British Army, Northumberland Fusiliers 1881-1920 (Find My Past)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website
Lives of the First World War website
Macclesfield Times: 12 July 1918