Friday 1 April 2011

Private Leonard Lionel Morris

Born on 28 April 1891 in Jamaica - husband of Ada Morris, St. David's, Bermuda - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as assistant store keeper; married; no current or previous military service; Roman Catholic; height of 5 feet 9 inches; chest of 36.5 inches fully expanded; swarthy complexion; brown eyes; black hair.

Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, at Prospect Barracks, Bermuda, on 31 August 1915 (number 410545) - served with the 38th Battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the 38th Battalion on 13 August 1916 - transferred to the 12th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, CEF, on 16 August 1917 - transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool, CEF, on 29 July 1918.

Recommended for an unnamed decoration, likely a Military Medal, but no award made - unit recommendation dated 22 February 1917: "For conspicuous work during the raid carried out by this Battn on the enemy trenches Feb 22/17."

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Canadian War Museum, 19680229-001, Manu 58C 1 2.18, Honours and Awards, 38th Battalion (Records of recommendations for honours and awards and mentioned in dispatches 19161121 19190117))


Anonymous said...

I think it's possible these two are related:

RF's enlistment # is one number higher than LL's. Both are "swarthy", brown eyes and brown hair, similar height, Roman Catholic. Maybe LL's an older brother or cousin?

LL is my great grandfather. - Stu

Anonymous said...

Raymond & Leonard were brothers and enlisted together.