Second Lieutenant, Sherwood Foresters, attached Royal Flying Corps
Born: February 1st 1896
Died: May 29th 1917
Age at Death: 21
Died of Wounds, France, May 29th 1917
Son of Rev. Cannon E.E. Morris, Vicar of Ashbourne, Derby.
Brother to Noel Meeson Morris (Du./Ch. 1906-1910), and Ernest Bolton Morris (Du./Ch. 1909-1912).
Grave reference St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.
A donation to the memorial statue has been made in honour of this soldier by Joyce Heater (Common Room 1980-04, Brighton College Archivist 2004-2015).
Brightonian XV July, 1915
F. St. V. Morris - Entered Chichester House, September, 1910. Second XI. Football, 1913-14. First XI. Football, 1914-15. House Prefect, May 1913. School Prefect, May, 1914. Gymnasium VIII., 1915. Sub-Librarian, Sergeant in the O.T.C. Form, Sixth Classical. Goes to Wadham College, Oxford (at the end of war).
2nd Lieutenant Francis Vincent Morris
Francis Morris was born on February 21st 1896 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. He was the youngest son of Canon Morris, Rector of Ashbourne and formerly regimental Chaplain for the Nottinghamshire and Derby Regiment (“Sherwood Foresters”). After he let school he immediately commenced officer training and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters in July 1915. Thereafter he transferred to the RFC and was posted to the 3rd Squadron. While serving with the 3rd Squadron he crashed during a blizzard in the Vimy Ridge area in April 1917 and fractured both his legs, one of which was then amputated. On the 29th April he was operated on again in a military hospital in Rouen and died under anaesthetic.
His grave is in the St Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France.
Source: LEST WE FORGET PROJECT, Brighton College 2014/15