Much Birch Herefordshire

In the churchyard of SS Mary and Thomas Becket Church in Much Birch in Herefordshire lies the memorials to those lost to war.

There are two official war graves here in Much Birch in Herefordshire.

Private Alan George James 75th Training Reserve Battalion who died March 5th 1917 age 18 at the military hospital at Prees Heath in Shropshire.

And buried somewhere in the cemetery is Private William Henry Jones 13th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment who died May 16th 1919 age 21 discharged at the end of the war suffering from tuberculosis.

In the cemetery, another story of an unforgotten son:

James and Lizzie Morgan has written on their gravestone the name of their son William:

Also of William, their eldest son
Killed in action September 12th 1917
Age 23

Private William Morgan served with the Herefordshire Regiment before transferring to the 6th Battalion Shropshire Light Infantry. He enlisted at Hereford. He had worked as a general groom/servant for the local surgeon in Much Marcle. His father was a general labourer.

William was killed in action on September 12th 1917. The battalion was somewhere near Ypres in between operations.

He is buried at Talana Farm Cemetery which is on the outskirts of Ypres, not far from the edge of the salient during the war. It is very close to the Yser Canal where there was continued heavy fighting for the duration of the war.

William, their eldest son was not the only one to die. Added on the bottom of the gravestone:

And Henry, second son
Died August 24th 1911 age 13

Brothers lost. Sons lost too.

These are the men who never returned from the Great War whose memorials lie at Much Birch in Herefordshire:

Private William Morgan

DoB 1894 Little Birch, Herefordshire DoD 12th September 1917 Belgium age 23239313 Herefordshire RegimentAlso served: 6th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light InfantryBuried: Tallana Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium