RICHARD EDWARD MORRIS 1852 – 1919

by Annette Edwards

Richard Edward Morris was born in 1852 in Machynlleth, he was the son of Thomas Morris and Sarah Edwards his father was a flannel draper living on Maengwyn Street.

By the age of 19 Richard is in Manchester where he is a drapers assistant, but he didn`t stay in that job and later studied at Oxford.  He became a minister and was preaching in Aberdovey for quite a while but in 1885 it was announced that “The Rev. R. E. Morris, B.A., of Aberdovey, has accepted a call to the pastorate of the Welsh Calvinstic Methodist Chapel in Nassau-street, London”

Thomas, his father died 27 December 1886 he was still living on the same street in Machynlleth.

Richard continued with his studies and became a M A.

In February 1893 Rev. R. E. Morris, M.A., pastor of Zion Chapel, refused the call to the pastorate of Princes-road Chapel, Liverpool.  A report in the papers stated that he did valuable work in Wrexham and it will prove greatly to the advantage of Wrexham if he remained.

On June 13, 1893 the Rev Richard Edwards Morris married Emily Williams at the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Chapel, Prince’s-road, Liverpool. Richard was still in Wrexham at that time.

The couple came back to Wrexham and lived at 61 Ruabon Road, in 1901 they have 3 children, and Arthur Cunelyn was the eldest.  They moved again to 23 Grosvenor Road and by then had another 2 children.

Richard died there on 29 July 1919; his probate describes him as Master of Arts and Minister of the Gospel.

EMILY WILLIAMS c1866 – 1935

Emily Williams was born in Liverpool about 1866, Emily, also known as Amy was youngest daughter of Mr. John Williams, who had lived at   Moss Bank, Liverpool. John was from Llansantfraidd, Denbighshire and   had been in Liverpool since before 1841, by 1871 he was a master builder employing nearly 70 men. Her mother was Ellen also born in Wales. On June 13 1893 Emily married Richard Edwards Morris.

Emily was buried on 22 September 1935

ARTHUR CUNHELYN MORRIS 1895 – 1918

Plaque on headstone at Wrexham Cemetery

Their first child was Arthur Cunhelyn who was born in Wrexham in 1895, he was educated at the County Schools in Wrexham.  At the age of 16 he is in Llanfair P G where he is “Pupil for architecture and surveyor”.

He completed his articles as an estate agent on the Marquis of Anglesey estate and joined the Cheshire Royal Engineers soon after the outbreak of war. He was gazetted in 1916 to the Royal Welsh Fusiliers and transferred to the RFC in 1917.

Arthur Cunhelyn Morris was killed on 17 February 1918. He is buried at the Aire Communal Cemetery in Northen France.

CWGC Headstone at Aire Communal Cemetery in Northen France

1 March 1918, the Cambrian News published this report.

Information has been received that Lieut. Arthur C. Morris, Wrexham, of the Royal Flying Corps, has been killed in action. His death was instantaneous, he having been shot through the heart. He was well known at Machynlleth, being a son of the Rev. R. E. Morris, M.A. (Oxon.). a native of the place. His mother was a sister of the late Alderman W. H. Williams, a former Lord Mayor of Liverpool. At the outbreak of war Lieut. Morris joined the Cheshire Royal Engineers, was gazetted early in 1915 to the R.W.F., and transferred last year to the R.F.C. At the time he responded to the country’s call he had just completed his articles in an estates office and was about to proceed to Cambridge University. He was twenty-three years of age, and showed every promise of a successful career. Of a kind and genial disposition he had made him- self popular with all with whom he came in contact.

So very sad.

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Researched by Annette Edwards. August 2018.

Grave ref: Wrexham Cemetery H-02069