George H Morris

Jan 29, 1897

Born in Greenwich, England


Aug 9, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 171166

Ø  Next of kin given as Minnie Morris, mother, 899 Gerrard St. E., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the 1st Regimental Draft


Sep 25, 1915

The 1st Regimental Draft embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec



Oct 6, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Oct 8, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads suspected Diphtheria


Oct 11, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Morris joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was given the objective of attacking the sugar refinery south of Courcelette for their contribution to the Battle of the Somme.  The battalion suffered many casualties and Private Morris received a bullet wound to his chest.  He was given first aid at a field ambulance before being transported to the No. 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Sep 17, 1916

Private George Morris died of his wounds while at that casualty clearing station and was buried in the Contay Military Cemetery, Contay, France



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his brother, John William Morris, c/o Herbert Morris, 200 Parkmount Rd., Toronto, Ontario

His mother’s Memorial Cross was sent to his brother as she had died following the death of Private Morris

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