Joseph MORLEY 1916 – 1944

6212660 Gunner Joseph Morley, 93 Anti-Tank Regiment [6th Bn., The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders] Royal Artillery died 9 December 1944 aged 28.  He is buried at Forli War Cemetery, Italy [1] and commemorated on the West Auckland War Memorial and the Church Lads Brigade memorial in St. Helen’s Church, St. Helen’s Auckland, Bishop Auckland.

Family Details

Joseph Morley was born 31 May 1916 [2], the son of Roland and Joanna Morley.  In 1938, Joseph Morley married Lily Longstaff.[3]  In 1939, they lived at 42 West End Gardens, Bishop Auckland with their son, Alan born 5 August 1938.  Joseph worked as a plasterer.  At this time, his parents lived at 11 Edith Terrace, West Auckland.  Roland was employed as a coal miner [stonemason/stone man] and was an ARP Warden. [4]

Service Details

The service details of Joseph Morley have not been researched.

The 6th Battalion landed in France as corps troops for I Corps with the British Expeditionary Force in September 1939.  It took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in June 1940.  After converting to become the 93rd Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery it saw action in the Tunisia campaign, the allied landings in Sicily and the Allied landings in Italy with the VI Corps of the 1st Army.[5]

Burial [6]

Gunner J. Morley is buried at grave reference IV.C.21 Forli War Cemetery, Provincia de Forli, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, having been re-buried 24 January 1945, graves being brought in from battlefield sites.  His headstone bears the epitaph:

God took his hand

We had to part

He eased his pain

But broke my heart.


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[1] Commonwealth War Grave Commission

[2] 1939 England & Wales Register

[3] England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005 Vol.10a p.494 1938Q2 Auckland

[4] 1939 England & Wales Register

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[6] CWGC