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The son of Sarah and John Morris, Bertie was born in Wolverhampton in 1899. The family were living at 17 Dawson Street, Wolverhampton, in 1901, and consisted of Bertie, his parents, and siblings John, Harry, Arthur, Joseph, William, Maud, Elsie and Lily. They were at 113 Vicarage Road, Wolverhampton, by 1911, with additional children Florrie, Bernard and Gladys.

Bertie enlisted in the 12th/13th Battalion of the Northumberland Regiment (number 66876), but died on 13 April 1918 in France. He is remembered at the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium, as well as on the memorial in the Lady Chapel of St Peter’s Church.