1. Grave:Le Touquet Railway Crossing CemeteryA.6

Awards & Titles:

Mentioned in Despatches
Queen's South Africa Medal 4 clasps

Early Life :

Youngest son of Col. J. A. Morrah (60th Rifles) and Mary Morrah; husband of Maud Florence Morrah, of 129, Hamlet Gardens, Ravenscourt Park, London. Educated at Eastbourne College and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, gazetted as receiving his commission in the Royal Lancashire Regiment in March, 1896.

He married Maud Florence, youngest daughter of the late Major Cortlandt Macgregor, R.E., and left three children.

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 1st Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) 

1st Battalion August 1914 : in Dover. Part of 12th Brigade, 4th Division. Landed at Boulogne 23 August 1914.

Action : France & Flanders 

France & Flanders covers all the dates and corresponding locations which are outside the official battle nomenclature dates on the Western Front. Therefore the actions in which these men died could be considered 'normal' trench duty - the daily attrition losses which were an everyday fact of duty on the Western Front.

Detail :

Major John Henry Morrah is one of those individuals who feature in "The Bond of Sacrifice: A Biographical Record Of All British Officers Who Fell In The Great War." Volume 1: Aug-Dec 1914. See Internet Archive.

"By November, 1987 he had been commissioned Lieutenant. He participated in the South African War, in which he was severely wounded, being present at operations in the Transvaal, Orange River Colony, and Cape Colony in 1901 and 1902, receiving the Queen's medal with four clasps. From December, 1909 to October 1910 he was an Adjutant of Indian Volunteers and in December, 1912 was promoted Major in his regiment. for his services he was mentioned in Sir John French's Despatch of 14th January, 1913...

...was killed by a German sniper on 18th October, 1914..."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Lebong No. 3321 E.C.Bengal

2nd October 1908
4th November 1908
5th December 1908

John was not a subscribing freemason at the time of his death. He joined Lebong Lodge as a Captain of the Royal Lancashire Regiment in Bengal in 1908, aged 33 and resigned 1st January, 1913, the date suggesting that he let his dues lapse. There is no evidence yet that he joined a lodge when he returned to England.

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