Image from 1917 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper

Born in Ipswich but not remembered on Christchurch Park Memorial.


Born: 1879, Ipswich.

Died: 15th October 1917; age: 38; Killed instantly by a shell which fell in a dug-out where Thomas and some of his comrades were sheltering. Served just 3 months on the front line.

Residence: 10, Park Road, Chelmsford, Essex.

Occupation: District Superintendent for Wesleyan & General Society at Chelmsford, Essex.

Enlistment Location: Chelmsford, Essex.


Rank: Private/Lewis Gunner; Service Number: 251295.

Regiment: Durham Light Infantry, 12th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 128 to 131 and 162 and 162A.

Tyne Cot Memorial,






1881   9, Charles Street, Ipswich.


Thomas was a year old and living with his parents.

Thomas York Morter, 34, a Packer & Pattern Maker – Factory, born Colchester, Essex.

Elizabeth Morter (nee Woods), 33, born Ipswich.


1891   Gloucester Street, Heigham, Norfolk.


Thomas was 10 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 34, a Foreman – Boot Manufacturer.

Elizabeth, 33.

Alfred Ernest Morter, 9, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Gertrude Morter, 8, born Ipswich.


1901   Thomas was 21 years old, an Insurance Agent. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Thomas, 44, a Photographer – employer – at home.

Elizabeth, 43.

Ernest, 19, a Hosier’s Assistant.

Gertrude, 18, a Photographer’s Assistant – at home.


1911   46, Park Road, Chelmsford, Essex.


Thomas was 31 years old, a District Superintendent – Life Assurance. He was married and Head of the Household.

Gertrude, 28.

Stanley, 5.


In 1904, Colchester, Essex, Thomas married Gertrude Osbourn, born June 1882, Colchester. They had 2 sons.

Stanley Gordon Morter, born September 1905, Colchester, Essex.

Augustus York Morter, born September 1916, Chelmsford, Essex.


Thomas is remembered on the war memorial at the Civic Centre, Chelmsford and on the Chelmsford Conservative war memorial.


Soldiers’ Effects to Gertrude Morter – widow.

Durham Light Infantry

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