Great War Royal Marine Brigade August 1914 Ostend, October 1914 Dunkirk, and Royal Marine Artillery Howitzer Brigade Western Front long service group awarded to Sergeant later Colour Sergeant A.E. Morris, Royal Marine Artillery, who was present with the Royal Marine Brigade at Ostend from the 27th to 31st August 1914, and at Dunkirk from 7th to 18th October 1914, and then returned to the front with the 15 inch howitzer equipped Royal Marine Artillery Howitzer Brigade from February 1915, and served out there till June 1918. Morris was awarded th

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Great War Royal Marine Brigade August 1914 Ostend, October 1914 Dunkirk, and Royal Marine Artillery Howitzer Brigade Western Front long service group awarded to Sergeant later Colour Sergeant A.E. Morris, Royal Marine Artillery, who was present with the Royal Marine Brigade at Ostend from the 27th to 31st August 1914, and at Dunkirk from 7th to 18th October 1914, and then returned to the front with the 15 inch howitzer equipped Royal Marine Artillery Howitzer Brigade from February 1915, and served out there till June 1918. Morris was awarded the long service medal in November 1919.

Group of 4: 1914 Star; (R.M.A. 10232. CORPL. A.E. MORRIS, R.M. BRIGADE.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (R.M.A. 10232 SGT. A.E. MORRIS.); Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, GVR Adm. bust; (R.M.A./10232. A.E. MORRIS. SERGT. R.M.A.)

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Arthur Edward Morris was born on 10th July 1885 in St Paul’s, Bristol, and having worked as a french polisher, then enlisted into the Royal Marine Artillery at Bristol on 26th July 1901, joining as a Private (No.10232) the Recruit Depot at Deal. Posted to H Company with the Portsmouth Division on 20th February 1902, he was ranked as a Gunner from 25th November 1902, and saw service afloat with Mars from June to October 1903, with Centurion from November 1903 to August 1905, with Queen from May 1906 to March 1907, with Goliath from March to October 1907, and with Dominion from June 1908 to June 1910.

Having transferred to E Company on 21st February 1911, Morris then saw service with Commonwealth from June 1911 to June 1914, having been during the period promoted to Corporal on 1st October 1913. With the outbreak of the Great War, Morris then saw service with the Royal Marine Brigade within the Royal Naval Division at Ostend from the 27th to 31st August 1914, and at Dunkirk from 7th to 18th October 1914 before being posted home. Morris then saw service back out on the Western Front with the Royal Marine Artillery Howitzer Brigade from 15th February 1915. His unit was equipped with 12 heavy 15-inch howitzers, but never fought an an individual unit, the guns being allocated to different parts of the front, with each gun requiring a crew of 60 to operate it.

Morris was promoted to Sergeant on 21st October 1915 and posted to H Company. Having been granted a Hurt Certificate for an injury to three fingers of his right hand on 2nd October 1916, he was hospitalised and evacuated to England on 8th June 1918 and did not return to the front. Awarded the Royal Navy Long Service and Good Conduct Medal on 9th November 1919, he was promoted to Colour Sergeant on 12th August 1920, and eventually discharged on 1st August 1922.