Reginald Robert Morris

First Name: 
Reginald
Middle Name: 
Robert
Last Name: 
Morris
Mother's Name: 
Annie Morris (nee Warr) aka Annie Combellack
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, July 11, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Unit: 
3rd Battalion
Company: 
11th Reinforcemements
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Star 1914/15 Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Saturday, July 22, 1916
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

Reginald Robert Morris was born in Wollongong, c1896 to Annie (nee Warr) Morris, also known as Annie Combellack. His father passed away before he enlisted. Reginald grew up in Keira St, Wollongong with his family where he was a carpenter prior to enlisting.

He enlisted in Newtown on 11 July, 1915 at the age of 18 years and 8 months and served in the 11th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion – Infantry. He embarked on 2 November, 1915 on the HMAT Euripides A14from Sydney.

He was wounded in action in France on July 21 and died the following day (22 July 1916). Records state that the men were resting in a support trench when an enemy shell hit the area killing several men straight away. Morris was hit in the head; his mates got him out of the trench into a make-shift dug-out where his wounds were attended to by the doctor. Regardless of ample efforts, Morris died around 10am having remained unconscious the entire time. He was buried that night by the “padre,” Capt. Wilson at about 8pm in a shell crater behind the line; two others shared his grave.

Morris has a memorial located at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, panel 27 in the commemorative area and the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, MORRIS REGINALD ROBERT

Images

Worn rounded identity tags of Reginald Morris.
Faded worn black and white photograph of Annie Combellack

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