George Morse

Village memories: Morse's Saddlery Shop (picture from SWOP website)

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Plaque within High Wycombe main Post Office

Sapper 86932 142nd Army Troops Company, Royal Engineers
Killed in action on 5th August 1916 aged 34
Remembered with Honour in Carnoy Military Cemetery
Grave reference D.33

George was born in 1882 to Harry and Charlotte in Princes Risborough. By 1911 he had married Edith Mary and was assisting with the family business at Morse's Saddlery in Loudwater where he was a harness maker. A keen sportsman, he was the local postman for some years and was also Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School and Chapel Secretary.
His occupation and many other duties had to be relinquished when he enlisted in the Royal Engineers in High Wycombe in May 1915. He was attached to the 142nd Army Troops Company and sent to the front three months later. Sapper Morse was killed by a shell explosion on 5th August 1916 in Flanders at the age of 34. His obituary appeared in the Bucks Free press dated 25th August 1916 where it was reported that he left a widow and one child residing in Maidenhead. It went on to say that his unstinted labours for the welfare of all at Loudwater will ever be gratefully remembered.
George is remembered with honour in the Carnoy Military Cemetery in France and also on a special plaque at High Wycombe main Post Office as shown above.

Additional information taken from the Buckinghamshire Remembers website:

Name George Arthur MORSE
Rank/Number Sapper 86932
Regiment Royal Engineers 142nd Army Troops Coy
Enlisted High Wycombe
Age/Date of death 34 05 Aug 1916
How died/Theatre of war Killed in action France & Flanders
Last known address Maidenhead, Berks
Cemetery Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Grave or Memorial Reference D.33
Location of memorial Loudwater
Date/Place of birth c1882 Princes Risborough
Date/Place of baptism
Pre-war occupation of Casualty harness maker
Parents Harry A & Charlotte Morse
Parent's occupation harness maker
Parents’ Address (last known) 1901: London Rd (shop), High Wycombe
Wife Edith Mary Morse
Wife’s Address (last known) 33 College Rise, Maidenhead

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