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Leonard James Morris

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Portrait, WW2, Morris crouching down holding a small donkey, Egypt 1941. (photo kindly provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Leonard James AWMM
  • Surname
    Morris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    3691 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 October 1908 AWMM GloucesterGloucestershire AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 1939 AWMM C/o Post Office, Mangawai, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A. Morris (father), 9 Clarke Road, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    3691 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1939 AWMM
    Age 31 AWMM
    Teamster/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag XVIII-A, Wolfsberg, Austria AWMM
      North Africa, Africa AWMM
      25 Jan 1942-1945 AWMM
      Shifting troops on trucks when captured by Germans AWMM
    • WW2
      25 January 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Salonike 8B 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
      Germany, Europe 2NZEF, Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. N.Z. 1945.
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1945 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    WWII 7926 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 6 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Suffered from sand in lungs AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Parkinson's disease and respiratory illness AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Morris was the son of Herbert and Winnifred Morris from England.

    The Morris family emigrated from the U.K. in 1912, settling in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga.

    The events of Morris's capture by the Germans are outlined in the Official History of the Reserve Mechanical Transport (RMT): "While carrying two companies of Welsh Guards, [Sgt] Gill's party of twelve lorries was attacked six miles out of blitzed and broken Benghazi. After giving an order to 'abandon vehicles and make a get-away', Gill attempted a breakthrough but the road was mined. He split his men into small groups, each party managing to raise a compass and a map ... The plan was for all RMT men to rendezvous eight hours later and about 24 miles south. Nobody turned up, and although one or two got as far as Derna, all but Gill's party were captured". Morris is named in a footnote. (Henderson, p160)

    Although Morris was willing to discuss his wartime experiences, he never joined the RSA and his family remembers him being something of a loner.

    His ashes were scattered in Cornwall Park, One Tree Hill, Auckland AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    26 November 2004 AWMM
    Age 96 AWMM
    Three KingsAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Waikumete Crematorium, Glen Eden, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington: Dept. of Internal Affairs.
    http://www.nzetc.org/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2Mech.html
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      Military Service Record AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 128 AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      Henderson, J. (1954). p. 160 AWMM
    • List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War. 1941-1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 2009/8. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Germany and German occupied territories : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM
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