honor role

Morris, Tom

** MID (2) Capt 1st Field Artillery Brigade.

Born at Wynyard, Devonport, Tasmania, CoE.  Enlisted 16 August 1914 age 23, clerk.  Nok mother, Maud Hunt of Broome House, Cottesloe Beach.  Embarked at Brisbane on 25 September 1914 per Rangatira.  Wounded at Gallipoli to his leg on 5 June 1915. Served in Egypt 1916, France 1916-1918 and RTA March 1918 per Dunvegan Castle.  Twice mentioned in despatches, Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM.  Capt Morris applied for return to Australia in 1917 for family reasons; his brother and step-father had died leaving his mother and 4 young brothers without support.  It was initially denied, but granted a few months later.  The 1918 dispatch for the second MID was addressed to Captain T. Morris, No 5 District Guard, Fremantle WA.  A letter by Capt Morris in 1952 stated that he also served in WW2 1940-1943. Mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch of 7 November 1917 for distinguished and gallant service and devotion to duty in the field’ and in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatch 14 April 1918 Morris is named as deserving of special mention Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. 157 Dated 18 April 1918 and No. 165 Dated 24 October 1918.  London Gazette 4th supplement No. 30706 dated 28 May 1918 and 2nd supplement No. 30448 dated 25 December 1917.