MORSE, Charles James
(Service number 23/1123)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Rifleman


Date 17 March 1895 Place of Birth Ashburton

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Care of Walter Hatman, Studholme Junction
Occupation Farm hand
Previous Military Experience 2nd South Canterbury Regiment - serving
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin W. MORSE (father), Flemington, Ashburton
Religion Methodist
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade, 1st Battalion
Unit, Squadron, or Ship D Company
Date 9 October 1915
Transport Maunganui or Tahiti or Aparima or Navua or Warrimoo
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Rifle Brigade

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Where Captured and by Whom
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Date Reason

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Post-war Occupations


Date 3 November 1990 Age 95 years
Place of Death Christchurch
Memorial or Cemetery Ruru Lawn Cemetery, Christchurch
Memorial Reference Block S 1H, Plot 68
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Charles James Morse was born on 17 March 1895 at Ashburton, the elder son of William and Ellen (née McMeekin) Morse. Private C. J. Morse was in a batch of South Canterbury men who flocked to the colours in May 1915 and were accepted in Timaru for service at the Front. He was one of those who had passed the medical test and had signed on to leave Timaru for Trentham by special train on 29 May. Before leaving they were to be entertained at afternoon tea in the Drill Hall and then played to the railway Station by the Regimental Band.

On enlisting, he was a farm hand for Walter Hayman, Studholme Junction. Single and Methodist, he named his father as next-of-kin – W. Morse, Flemington, Ashburton. He was serving with the 2nd South Canterbury Regiment. Rifleman C. J. Morse embarked with the 1st Battalion of the New Zealand Rifle Brigade, leaving from Wellington on 9 October 1915.

Charles Morse married Jane Winifred Prebble (Winifred) in 1927. Winifred predeceased Charles who died on 3 November 1990, aged 95 years. They are buried in ruru Lawn Cemetery, a services stone marking his grave.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [13 May 2022]; Timaru Herald, 15 & 26 May 1915 (Papers Past) [13 & 14 May 2022]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [14 May 2022]; Ruru Cemetery headstone transcription [14 May 2022]

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