Private John Morris

04 Jan 1945

John Morris, son of John and Margaret  Morris, of Bishop Auckland, Durham, enlisted into The Royal Artillery and volunteered for airborne forces. He was the youngest of 19 children from his Father’s three marriages and worked in the local coal mine alongside his Father before enlisting in the army.

Private Morris successfully completed parachute training on course 114 at RAF Ringway from 1 to 12 May 1944. His course report stated ‘Confident, cheerful, hard worker’. He was posted to Signals Platoon, Headquarters Company, 13th (Lancashire) Parachute Battalion.

He took part in the 6th Airborne Division response to the German counter-offensive in the Ardennes, during Winter 1944-5.

Pte Morris was killed in action on 4 January 1945, aged 21, and was buried in Bure, Tellin, (Belgium) temporary burial ground. He was later reinterred in Hotton War Cemetery on 20 May 1947.

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