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On the day: There was a mass reading of The Wound In Time, followed by a reading in Welsh by Ross McFarlane. Click here for more information about events and timings on this beach.

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The portrait revealed on this beach was:

Charles Alan Smith Morris

Bedfordshire Regiment

Age: 21 Date of Death: 07/05/1917

Only son of Charles Smith Morris and Maud Marv Morris, of Llandaff House, Llandaff, Cardiff.

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Major Charles Alan Smith Morris (15 May 1895 – 7 May 1917 )

Born in Bridgend and raised in Porthcawl, Charles Smith went up to Pembroke College, Cambridge, in 1913. Despite never having held an oar before, he joined his college rowing team and helped them to victory, including winning a prize at Henley.

Any hopes of gaining a Cambridge Blue through rowing for the university were halted by the outbreak of war, when Morris was granted a commission in the Bedfordshire regiment. In 1915, he was wounded at Neuve Chapelle and returned home, where he began to recover. Morris was sent out again to the Western Front, now promoted to the rank of major, where he fell wounded in an attack at La Courcelette. Left in no man’s land he was reported as missing, believed dead.

However, several months later the Red Cross informed his family that the Germans had found Morris seriously wounded and cared for him in their own field hospital, though he was to die later from a fever.