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Morris, William Hugoe, Montreal, Quebec, formerly of Ottawa, Ontario. Occupation: university student. Military Service: Captain, MC, Reg. No. 410512, 1st University Co., PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “Further names I remember as having been killed are Lt. [J. E.] Pike, [J. E.] Almon, [Capt. W. H.] Morris,” 5:1 Nov ’17. According to Hodder-Williams, 86, Capt. Morris was killed at Passchendaele on 30 October 1917.
Additional Biographical Information
“While a student he enlisted in the 1st University Company as a Sgt, 2 Mar 1915. Arrived in England 4 June 1915 and posted to 11th Bn. Crossed to France 17 Jul 1915. Joined the PPCLI in the Armentières Sector 28 Jul 1915. General Action: Battle of Mount Sorrel [Sanctuary Wood]. Commissioned in the field as Lt 11 June 1916. Granted 7 days leave from 24 Aug 1916. General Action: Battle of Flers-Courcelette. General Action: Battle of Ancre Heights. Military Cross in LG 29834 16 Nov 1916. Hospitalized ill 7 Dec 1916. Discharged to Base Depot 10 Feb 1917. Returned to the PPCLI in the Vimy Ridge Sector 14 Feb 1917. General Action: 1st Battle of Arras (Vimy Ridge). Granted 10 days leave in Paris from 11 May 1917. Promoted to Capt 9 Aug 1917. Granted 10 days leave from 7 Sep 1917. General Action: 3rd Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele). Reported killed in action 30 Oct 1917. Killed by shell fire after closing to within 250 yards of the Meetcheele Pill Box. Age 23.” Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders, 234.
Date of Death: 30 October 1917. See casualty details, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Buried at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper (Ypres), West Flanders, Belgium. Memorial reference: Panel 10.