South Hill Remembers. H.G. Forster-Morris

2nd Lieutenant Herbert Gloyne Forster-Morris.  The 1st South Wales Borderers.

The only son of Rev. Herbert Forster-Morris, Rector of South Hill, and his wife Ellen Sophia, nee Gloyne. Herbert was born in Bath, Somerset on 28th February 1896.   

Whilst at Exeter School he was captain of the shooting team, a crack shot and held certificate A since November 1913, also enjoyed playing cricket, football and hockey.

He was head of school in Exeter and was nominated for a scholarship.  Forster-Morris intended to enter Oxford with a view of taking Holy Orders, but on the outbreak of war, decided to volunteer to join the Army, entering Sandhurst and passing out during December 1914.

Promoted to 2nd Lieut. he joined the 1st South Wales Borderers on 15 July 1915 and served with the British Expeditionary Force in France from August 1915.

 He was badly wounded, during the Battle of Loos, while leading his Platoon in an attack on the village of Hulluch, near Lens, on the  morning of 26 September.  

 2nd Lt Forster-Morris died at No.3 General Hospital, at Le Tréport on 10th October and is buried in the English Military Cemetery at Le Tréport, Normandy, France.

His Company Officers always spoke very highly of him. Although only with the company a short time every one realised when he was killed, they had lost a really good officer. The Dr at Le Tréport said that he was such a brave man showing such courage, despite the seriousness of his wounds.

In his last letter home before the battle he wrote “However rough a time I may have in the near future I should be glad to be here for I must do my part”

UK De Ruvigny’s Roll of Honour 1914-1919 volume 2 Page 230