Morton, Thomas

Morton, Thomas

Civilian War Dead

Died as the result of enemy action on Wednesday 16 April 1941 (aged 71)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Father of Ellen Ogle Tate (nee Morton)

Grandfather of Elizabeth (Bessie) Tate

Grandfather of Evelyn Tate

BIOGRAPHY

Thomas G. Morton and his wife, who lived at 87 South Street, Newtownards, placed a Result of Enemy Action death notice in the 19 April 1941 edition of the Newtownards Chronicle commemorating the deaths of his father Thomas Morton, his sister Ellen Ogle Tate, and his two nieces, Bessie Tate, and Evelyn Tate, who were all killed on 16 April 1941 as the result of enemy action.

Thomas Morton was 71 and a widower when he died in the Belfast Blitz on 16 April 1941.  He worked as a general labourer and after he and his wife Annie Morton (nee McMurray) were married on 11 May 1892 they lived in Mountcollyer Street, Belfast.  Thomas and Annie Morton had at least ten children including:

Female child (born 26 January 1895; died in infancy)

Thomas G. (born 29 February 1896)

John (born 28 January 1898)

William (born 19 July 1901)

Alexander (born 11 October 1903)

Ellen Ogle (born 18 November 1905)

Annie (born 10 May 1908)

Evelyn (born 3 July 1910)

Winifred (born 18 January 1914)

Thomas Morton Senior died at 174 Manor Street, Belfast along with his married daughter Ellen Ogle Tate and his granddaughters Bessie Tate (aged 16) and Evelyn Tate (aged 14).

The Belfast Blitz comprised high-casualty German Luftwaffe air raids on Belfast in April and May 1941.

On the night of Easter Tuesday 15 April 1941 two hundred Luftwaffe bombers attacked the city of Belfast and some 900 people were killed.  In another Luftwaffe raid on the night of Saturday 4 May 1941 some 150 people were killed.

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the Second World War, the names of some 67,092 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St. George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.