Joseph Parsons Morley
Private 91340 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts and Derby Regiment 2nd Battalion
Enlisted: Mansfield, Notts
Died of Wounds: 27th April 1918 : Aged 19
ARNEKE BRITISH CEMETERY I. D. 15
Private 91340 Joseph Parsons Morley is offered additional remembrance by recognising this Huthwaite Parish church organist is also the named J P Morley on stained glass window devoted to their 10 young men's bible class members.
Private 91340 Joseph P Morley was born Q3 1899 in Sutton. Both parents are from Sutton-in-Ashfield, where Q1 1899 marriage homed their own children at 20 Bentinck Street. Father Albert Morley was a Hosiery Frame Work Knitter. Mrs Elizabeth Morley mothered 2 sons, listing entire 1911 household headed by Albert 35, wife Elizabeth 36, Joseph 11 and George 6. They later housed both working teenage sons at a named Station Road address.
Elder son Joseph had clearly been musically talented. The Vicar of Huthwaite appointed him as church organist from age 16, suggesting potential for a promising future career similarly appreciated by wider congregations. His employment as manager of a Co-op store prior to enlistment already assured an intelligent young man.
Private 91340 Joseph Parsons Morley joined 2nd Battalion of Sherwood Foresters landed among France and Flanders front lines. Reportage infers how he was killed through severe wounding in action, to become officially honoured on their home town Sutton-in-Ashfield War Memorial.
Adding Joseph Parson Morley to a Huthwaite Parish church stained glass window devoted to the listing of its lost Young Men's Bible Class members, appears to be an especial mark of respect to its talented young organist.
By telegram on May 2nd, Mr. Albert Morley, "Ashcroft," Station-road, Sutton, was informed that his son, Pte. Joseph Parsons Morley, 2nd Sherwood Foresters, was dangerously ill, suffering from shock and wounds, and on May 7th came the intimation that the boy had died of wounds in France on April 27th. He received his military training at Louth, and was drafted to France on Good Friday. From very early boyhood he loved the organ, and was regarded by his tutor (Dr. Allen, of Mansfield) as a most promising and gifted musician. He was appointed organist at Huthwaite Parish Church at the age of 16, and previously assisted at Sutton Parish Church. At Louth he was invited to officiate at the organs of the various churches. The Vicar of Huthwaite writes- "Pte. J. P. Morley having succumbed to wounds received in action is indeed very sad, specially in one so young. He had endeared himself to all of us at Huthwaite by his genial and social disposition. As our organist he was most capable, attentive and obliging, and had a very promising outlook in that profession, being in every way gifted. We all feel his loss very much. He has made the great sacrifice for his God, his king, and his country, and now has entered into his rest."
Previous to his enlistment Pte J. P. Morley was manager at the Co-operative New-street Stores. Much sympathy is felt for Mr. and Mrs. A. Morley in their great sorrow.
In Memoriam - MORLEY - To the dear memory of Joseph Parsons Morley, elder son of Albert and Elizabeth Morley, "Ashcroft", Station Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, who died of wounds, in France, April 27th 1918, in his 19th year. "Till we meet again".