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Albert Henry Morris (1871-1928)

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“Albert Henry Morris (1871-1928),” Wyndham History, accessed May 23, 2018, http://wyndhamhistory.net.au/items/show/2260.
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Albert Henry Morris (1871-1928)

Subject

Morris, Albert Henry

Publisher

Wyndham City Libraries

Date

9 December 1915

Contributor

Bill Strong

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text

Language

eng

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Text

Biographical Text

No.24633 Private Albert Henry Morris

Pre War

Albert Henry Morris was born in Fitzroy, Melbourne in 1865 to Hymen Morris and Elizabeth Webb Bennett. His parents had married in 1858, and his father (Hymen) died in 1872, at the age of 57 years.

Albert had two siblings:

  • Arthur William Morris, b.1859 at Melbourne, Victoria
  • Frederick Trapnell Morris, b.1861 at Collingwood, Victoria

On 25 June 1897, Albert Henry Morris (then aged about 32 years) and George Stevens appeared before the Chief Justice, on a charge of conspiracy to defraud. They had been arrested one month earlier, and had used “the old story of the rich Celonese uncle making a benevolent bequest”, and defrauded their intended victim of £16. Both men were found guilty by a jury, and sentenced to 18 months’ hard labour.*

In July 1898, No.27931, Albert H Morris was discharged from Pentridge Prison. The Police Gazette reported that he had been tried at the Supreme Court Melbourne on 15 June 1897 for conspiracy, and had been sentenced to 18 months. He was a native of Victoria, and his occupation was “Ships Steward”. Born in 1867, he was 5ft2-3 tall. Sallow complexion, dark hair, brown eyes, scar on back of neck, mole on right side of mouth.**

In 1903, a warrant of commitment was issued by the Essendon Branch of the Victoria Police against Albert Henry Morris for 7 days imprisonment, in default of a 20 shilling fine for insulting behaviour. He was described as about 37 years of age, 5 ft 3 or 4 tall, sallow complexion, dark hair.*** This discription closely matches his description in 1915, on his A.I.F. Attestation papers.

The Victorian Electoral Rolls for 1903 recorded Albert Henry Morris living at Napier St, Essendon, and he was then employed as a Commission Agent.

In 1904, a Warrant of Commitment was issued by the Melbourne branch of the Victoria Police, against Albert Henry Morris (a.k.a Darkey Morris) for 12 hours imprisonment, in default of payment of a 5 shillings fine, for making a violent outcry in Swanston Street Melbourne. He was described as a fish hawker, 38 to 40 years of age, 5ft 8 tall, medium build, dark complexion.****

Between 1908 and 1909 Albert Henry Morris resided at 5 Parker St Footscray, and was a Commission Agent. Also at the same address was Isabella Morris, H.D. (On his A.I.F. Attestation papers, Albert nominated Isabella Morris (nee White) as his wife, but records of their marriage have not been able to be located.)

In 1910, the couple had their first and only child, a son:

  • Ronald Neil Clifford Morris - born at Clifton Hill in Melbourne

After 1914, Albert and Isabella Morris relocated to 38 Wilson St, Yarraville, and he then worked as a painter. Isabella Morris was recorded on the roll as home duties.

War Service

At the age of 44 years, Albert Henry Morris swore his oath to serve in the Australian Infantry Forces (A.I.F.) at Melbourne on the 9th December 1915. In answer to Question 9 “Have you ever been convicted by a Civil Power?” he wrote “No”.

After undergoing initial training at the 22nd Depot Battalion at Royal Park (between 31 December 915 and 7 January 1916), he was transferred to the Field Artillery Battery Reinforcements at the Maribyrnong Camp, where he was appointed as a Gunner to the 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column (D.A.C.), No.1. Section.

Six months later he embarked at Melbourne per A37 “Barambah” on 27June 1916, and sailed for England. He disembarked at Plymouth two months later, on 25 August 1916 and went to a training camp in Southern England.

On 28 October 1916, Private Albert Morris was appointed as a Driver.

One month later, on 24 November 1916 Driver Albert Morris proceeded overseas to France with the 3rd Australian Divisional Ammunition Column (3rd D.A.C.) Each Australian Division had their own Ammunition Column, and it was their duty to keep the troops at the front supplied with arms and ammunition.

After just one month at the front, Albert Morris was admitted to the local hospital, on the 26 December 1916, suffering with a severe stricture of the uritha, which may cause decreased urine output.

In need of more specialised care, he embarked at the Port of Havre per hospital ship “Carisbrook Castle” for England on 15 January 1917. On arrival he was admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital.

One month later (on 16 February 1917), he was discharged from hospital, and he Marched in to the No.2 Australian Commonwealth Depot (3rd D.A. Details) at Weymouth, from the 1st Eastern General Hospital.

He was not medically fit enough to return to France, and it was decided that he should return to Australia “For a Change”. On 6 April 1917 he marched out to Devonport for embarkation on H.S. “Themistocles” and return to Australia.

Once back in Melbourne, he was discharged from the 3rd Military District on 9 August 1917, and he re-joined his family who were now living at 38 Wilson St, Yarraville.

Post War

Albert was granted a pension of 15 shillings and 6 pence per fortnight; his wife Isabella received a pension of 7 shillings and 9 pence per fortnight; and their son, Ronald Morris (now aged 7 years) was granted a pension of 5 shillings per fortnight. The address on the pension form was 64 Williamstown Road, West Footscray.

Between 1917 and 1921, the Victorian Electoral Rolls show Albert and Isabella living at 38 Wilson St Yarraville.

On the 13th April 1918, Albert Henry Morris (a returned soldier) was charged under the War Precautions Act of selling beer to troops in the Broadmeadows army camp. In his defence, he told the court that he was now a physical wreck.***** He also had a Sergeant Major accomplice working with him, and that man had since been dismissed.******

In 1922 Isabella Morris was living alone at 64 Williamstown Rd, Footscray Nth; occupation Home Duties. Then between 1924 and 1926 she had moved to 164 Williamstown Rd, Footscray Nth, H.D. (and lived alone)

Between 1925 and 1926 Albert Henry Morris lived at alone at 38 Wilson St, Yarraville, and worked as a painter. He then dropped off the Electoral roll.

By 1927 Isabella had moved again; this time to No.66 Williamstown Rd, Footscray Nth, where she lived with Harold Stanley Morris (a Traveller), and Emily Ada Morris, H.D.

Albert Henry Morris died at Heidelberg in 1928, aged 63. (The records show that his parents were unknown)

Albert Henry Morris was interred at Fawkner Memorial Park (Church of England Section) on 7 February 1928.

Notes

Name on the Werribee Shire Oak Board: Morris A.H.

The name “Morris A.H. from West Footscray” first appeared in the Roll of Honor, published in the Werribee Shire Banner edition of 13 February 1919.

Medals

  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
 

**Victoria Police Gazette, 1898 (ancestry.com)

***Victoria Police Gazette, 27 August 1903, p.336 (ancestry.com)

****Victoria Police Gazette, 7 January 1904, p.5 (ancestry.com)

Bibliography

Embarkation - https://www.awm.gov.au/people/rolls/
Unit War Diary - https://www.awm.gov.au/collection
Death – ancestry.com.au
Service Record – https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/
Marriage – ancestry.com.au
Pioneer Index 1837-1888 CD
Federation Index 1889-1901 CD
Edwardian Index 1902-1913 CD
Great Wat Index 1914-1920 CD
Marriage Index 1921-1942
Death Index Victoria 1921-1985

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