14-570 L/SGT Ernest Cyril MORLEY M.M. 14th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment 2nd Barnsley Pals.
14-570 L/SGT Ernest Cyril MORLEY M.M.
Ernest Cyril MORLEY, son of George and Alice Mary MORLEY was born at Ecclesall, Sheffield in 1893.
Prior to the great war he was employed as a colliery lamp cleaner. The 1901 census shows the family living at 92 Fowler Street, Brightside, Sheffield. In 1911 they have moved to 45 Edward Street, Darfield, Barnsley.
Rear of Fowler Street c.1940
On the 3rd April 1912 he is married to Mariam STEPHENSON at Wombwell and in September of 1915 they have a son, George.
At the age of 22yrs and shown as residing at 41 Snape street, Darfield, Barnsley Ernest enlisted at Barnsley on the 10th February 1915 and is naturally inducted into the ranks of the York and Lancaster Regiment attached to ‘C Coy of the 14th Battalion Barnsley Pals.
Ernest is soon appointed the rank of Lance Corporal on 29th May 1915 but due to the indiscretion of breaking out of barracks after inoculations on the 4th June 1915 he is reduced back to the rank of private.
He was again appointed the rank of Lance Corporal on the 18th August 1915 and on the 28th December 1915 he sailed with his battalion to the Mediterranian where he remained until the 9th March 1916 when the battalion sailed for France. He entered the North West theatre of operations on the 15th March 1916.
During a period of leave from France in December 1916 Ernest was admitted to the Northern General Hospital, Sheffield with an unknown condition. He remained there until discharged on the 9th February 1917.
On the 30th August 1917 the London Gazette records the award of the Military Medal to 14-570 Sgt Ernest Cyril MORLEY 14th York and Lancaster Regiment.
On the 8th April 1918 he received a severe gun shot wound to the rear of his right leg and this likely put an end to his military service as he is shown back in the UK on the 10th April 1918 and is transferred to the reserves on the 21st April 1918.
There is surviving correspondence between Ernest and the infantry records office concerning the despatch of the Military Medal as it appears he was to be honoured by the colliery he worked at prior to the war and was there to be presented with the award. He can then be seen to be living at a further 2 addresses. 23 Station Lane Wombwell and 16 John Street, Darfield.
Military Medal Obverse
- Ernest in later years
Above photo of Ernest kindly provided by his grand daughter Michelle.