49050 Rifleman Harold Morritt,
2/7th Battalion (Leeds Rifles), The West Yorkshire Regiment
Unlike his father and brother, Harold did not become a Banksman at the colliery; he served an apprenticeship in Joinery. By the time he married Elizabeth Stead at the Parish church of All Saints in Barwick in 1909 he had served his time and was working as a Joiner, and it would appear from the 1911 Census that his joinery kept him employed in the building trade rather than in the colliery.
Harold Morritt died of wounds sustained in a week of very heavy fighting, when his brigade was in action against the advancing Germans in the opening stages of their Spring Offensive. It is probable that he was wounded when the battalion was fighting in the area between Achiet-le-Petit and Bucquoy and taken back to medical units working at Bienvillers.
Note the discrepancy in Harold Morritt's service number on the original grave marker which shows 39050. The correct number was 49050.