Chief Armourer Frank Morrish
|Service||Royal Navy||Service No.||175632|
|Date of Birth:||15/09/1873||Date of Death:||31/05/1916|
|Memorial:||Dawlish||Memorial Inscription||MORRISH FRANK CH ARMR R.N.|
Frank Morrish enlisted in the Royal Navy on 28 August 1893 for 12 years service, and re-enlisted on 28 August 1905 “to completion”. He was 5'4” tall, with light brown hair, blue eyes and fair complexion and was described as a coach smith.
He trained as an Armourer at H.M.S.CAMBRIDGE, the gunnery training ship and after service on various ships became an Armourer's Mate in 1899.
During the early stages of the Battle of Jutland; ...
...........Both the DEFENCE and WARRIOR had already hit the doomed WIESBADEN. Still Admiral Arbuthnot, in spite of straddling salvoes, held on till within 5,500 yards of his prey he turned to starboard. Both ships were now in a hurricane of fire, which the Germans were concentrating with terrible effect to save their burning ship, and there quickly followed another of the series of appalling catastrophes which so tragically distinguish this battle from all others. Four minutes after crossing the LION's bows the DEFENCE was hit by two heavy salvoes in quick succession, and the Admiral and his flagship disappeared in a roar of flame.
Association with Dawlish
Frank was the oldest son of William Morrish (1847-1892, born in Crediton) and Ann (nee Way, 1850-1925, born in South Tawton) of Brook Street, Dawlish. William had been apprenticed to John Ashplant and became a blacksmith. He married Ann Way on 12 July,1871 in Bow.
William was working in Dawlish in 1891, and their son Frank was working as a coachbuilder’s apprentice.
Frank married Emma Louisa Woodley in December 1900 in the Newton Abbot registration district. The wedding possibly took place in Teignmouth, the home of the Woodley family. Emma was the daughter of Thomas, a carpenter, and Louisa Woodley who had nine children.
By 1911 Emma Louisa Morrish was boarding at 11 Commercial Road, Teignmouth with a son Frank (1905-1974 ).
|Devon Roll of Honour||Morrish Frank C/Armourer R.N.|
Commonwealth War Graves Site
|Next of Kin:||Emma Louisa Morrish, widow|
|Last Known Address:||11 Commercial Road, Teignmouth|
Morrish family photo ca 1910 with William George(1879-1947) 'Grandad Bill' , Ann (1850-1925) 'Great grandma Annie', Herbert J (1885-1937) 'Gt Uncle Bert', Gwendoline Rose (1904- )'Aunty Gwen'.
H.M.S.DEFENCE, light cruiser
|Frank Morrish life story with appendices for Morrish and Way families|
|Battle of Jutland - Dawlish Gazette|
|Frank Morrish - Dawlish Gazette Notices|
Imperial War Museum podcasthttp://www.iwm.org.uk/history/podcasts/voices-of-the-first-world-war/podcast-22-jutland
Records via subscription sites:
Bell and McPaul family history (Ancestry.com), Kemp family history and Clarke family tree
Ford Family Tree(June Snell)
Jutland 1916, by Steel and Hart
Teign Heritage Centre