MORRIS, Francis
(Service number 44068)

First Rank Private Last Rank


Date 22 May 1888 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Bluecliffs, St Andrews
Occupation Gardener
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin William John MORRIS (brother), Elgin Street, Waikiwi, Invercargill
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 25th Reinforcements, specialist Company, Machine-Gun Section
Date 26 April 1917
Transport Turakina
Embarked From Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date Age
Place of Death
Memorial or Cemetery
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Francis Morris was born on 20 May 1888 at Timaru. Although he gave his father's name as William, when he enlisted, it is thought that he was the son of John Morris and Harriet née Cockroft. No birth registration has been identified. In 1917 he named his brother William John Morris of Invercargill as his next-of-kin. John and Harriet appear to have moved to Inangahua or Reefton after Frank's birth. Another son, Thomas Henry, was born in 1892 at Reefton. Tragedy struck after Thomas' birth, when Mrs Morris took ill and died in August. The oldest son, Edward James Morris, drowned accidentally in the Inangahua River on 12 January 1894, aged just 11 years. Little Thomas died in September 1894. The family resided at Black's Point, where John was a miner. In December 1896 both Frank and William were registered at West Taieri School (Outram) under the guardianship of James Sawers. From there they were to go to the Industrial School in July 1900. Mr Frank Morris was accorded a farewell social at the Bluecliffs Hall in early December 1916, as he was about to leave with the 24th reinforcements. The 24th Reinforcements – F. Morris included - left Timaru for Trentham by the second express on 5 January 1917. They were entertained by the ladies of the Patriotic War Relief Society in Miss Read’s Stafford Tea Rooms. The 2nd (S.C.) Regimental Band was in attendance and Senior Cadets formed a cordon at the Strathallan Street crossing. He arrived back in New Zealand in October 1917, in a party of sick and wounded men. Frank Morris was a solder at camp at Devonport in 1919 and a gardener in Auckland in 1928.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [14 August 2019]; Inangahua Times, 30 & 31 August 1892, 13 January 1894 [x 2], 15 January 1894 [x 2], West Coast Times, 8 September 1892, South Canterbury Times, 12 January 1894, Timaru Herald, 4 December 1916, 5 January 1917, Evening Star, 19 October 1917 (Papers Past) [07 January 2014; 17 & 18 August 2019]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [August 2019]

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