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Remembered Today:

Capt Robert Parry Morris and 2nd Lt Herbert John Parker RGA


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In memory of my great uncle Capt Robert Parry Morris MC and 2nd Lt Herbert John Parker who were killed by a shell along Manor Road, Zillebeke on 27th October 1917.

Both were serving with the 1/1st Welsh (Carnarvonshire) Heavy Battery and had gone ahead to make the arrangements to relieve the 23rd Heavy Battery at a position facing Hill 60. With them was 2nd Lt Thomas Dixon who was seriously injured in the same explosion.

Capt Morris was buried at Bedford House while 2nd Lieut Parker, who was initially buried close by, was later reinterred at Perth China Wall.

Their epitaphs read "Mab godidog gwyn ei fyd ie gwyn ei fyd" (An Excellent son. Blessed be he, yes blessed be he.) for Morris - and

"He lived and died a soldier" for Parker.


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