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Pte. Richard Morrell, 2nd Seaforth Highlanders - accidentally killed 19.10.1903 3 months 2 weeks ago #77179

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His grave, in Knottingley Cemetery, West Yorkshire.



SACRED
TO THE MEMORY OF THE LATE

RICHARD MORRELL,
PRIVATE IN THE
2
ND BATT. SEAFORTH HIGHLANDERS.
HE TOOK PART IN THE RELIEF OF
CHITRAL 1896 & THE EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN
1898 & SERVED THROUGH THE
BOER WAR 1899 TO 1902. HE RECEIVED
5 MEDALS & 4 CLASPS.
HE WAS KILLED ON THE RAILWAY AT CROFTON
OCT. 19
TH 1903, AGED 34 YEARS.

THIS MEMORIAL
WAS ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION.








EX-ARMY MAN KILLED AT WAKEFIELD.
....Richard Morrell, aged 35, of Hill Top, Knottingley, met with a sad death yesterday morning. On the previous day deceased finished his 12 years with the army as a reservist. He was engaged as a ballast man in the employ of the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, and whilst working at Crofton Junction yesterday morning he was pitched out of a waggon, and died immediately.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Tuesday 2oth October 1903


....At the inquest held at Wakefield last night respecting the death of Richard Morrell (34), of Hill Top, Knottingley, who was killed at Crofton Junction on Wednesday, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death." Morrell was an army reservist, and served in South Africa.
Yorkshire Evening Post, Wednesday 21st October 1903


MEMORIAL TO A KNOTTINGLEY SOLDIER.
....Colonel Byng, commanding the 51st and 65th Regimental Districts, on Saturday unveiled a memorial which has been erected by public subscription to the memory of Private Richard Morrell, late of the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders who, after going through the Chitral campaign of 1896, the Egyptian War of 1898, and the South African War of 1899-1902, for which he received five medals and four clasps, was killed on the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Crofton, shortly after his return to civil life. The memorial consists of a stone cross on a carved granite block.
Sheffield Daily Telegraph, Monday 25th April 1904


Crofton Junction is SE of Wakefield, near Oakenshaw.
By Railway Clearing House - Railway Junction Diagram, Public Domain.

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