James Outram Morris was the son of a vicar from Thame in Oxfordshire and lived in Sidney from 1902 to 1905. He was a latecomer to Oundle, arriving in the Sixth Form. He was made a school prefect and was prominent on the football field, playing for the XV in his last two years. He also won the half mile in an impressive time of two minutes and ten seconds. He went up to Emmanuel College, Cambridge but his science studies were apparently much interrupted by illness. Leaving Cambridge in 1910, he became a school master, firstly at Stone in Staffordshire and then at Rugby.
He joined the Artists Rifles when war broke out, but poor eyesight prevented him from obtaining a commission. As an NCO, (he was a Lance-Corporal) he was apparently very popular with both officers and men. He died on 30th October whilst leading his men in an attack in the latter stages of the Passchendaele Campaign.