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Max Cyril Morris

Birthdate: (74)
Birthplace: Liscard, Cheshire, England
Death: March 1954 (70-78)
Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of John Morris and Elizabeth Morris
Husband of Pauline Mortimer Morris
Father of Cyril John Mortimer Morris; Zelia Dejean Morris; Paul De V Morris; Hugh Lorraine Morris and Max de J Morris
Brother of Percy Morris; William Reginald Morris; Irene Mary Wheeley; Bessie Leonora Morgan; Margaret Millicent Morris and 3 others

Managed by: Martyn James Rudduck
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About Max Cyril Morris

If you Google Lt MC Morris, Skeffington and Bowen-Colthurst you will come acrosss a story from the 1916 Rebellion in Dublin. I'm setting out below and in a second message the details I put together for him that may be of use to you.

Morris, Lt Max Cyril MBE. Born 16.1.1880 at Liscard, Cheshire, the son of John (son of Samuel) and Elizabeth Morris née Kinsella.

His mother’s father, Tim Kinsella, was Irish and worked as a Customs Officer in Liverpool. Roman Catholic.

The 1871 Census shows children as Percy (2) and William (11 months).

The 1881 Census for Wither’s Lane, Liscard, shows that his father (37), born at Goodman’s Fields, Whitechapel, Middlesex, was a ship owner. His mother was born in Liverpool, 1848. Children with them then were Irene M. (9), Bessie L. (7), Margaret M. (5), and Max (1). By 1891 they were at 2 Quarry Bank, Liscard, where his father was a coal agent. Children then were Irene M. (19), Bessie L. (17), Margaret M. (15), Frank (9), Dorothy (6), and Marjorie (3). Max was then a boarder at Seafield School, Victoria Road, Liscard. Attended Sidcup College.

He married Pauline Mortimer Hunt (daughter of Charles Frederick Hunt) at Epping 5.2.1900, lived at Foots Cray, London, and worked as a traveller for patent medicines.

The 1911 Census shows him at 48 Adamstown Road, Plumstead. Occupation shown as a telephone engineer, Head of Employment Dept. Employed as Shipping and Transport Manager to the Western Electric Co. Ltd., North Woolwich, where he had a staff of 50 men reporting to him, including some clerical workers. Applied for a commission 18.1.1915: ‘The applicant has considerable experience in the handling of transport and has held for some years the position of shipping manager in a firm exporting some thousands of tons of heavy cable and electrical goods annually.’ He added: ‘This work calls for careful organisation and prompt decisions … It may be useful to mention that I have an expert knowledge of motor cycle engines’.

Commissioned a T/Lt in the Army Service Corps 31.3.1915. Posted to the ASC Labour Coy at Aldershot. Father at Long Crendon, Bucks. Wife at Belmont Cottage, The Green, Sidcup. Went to France 12.4.1915 and employed at the Labour Depot, Le Havre. To UK, 25.8.1915, on transfer to 11th East Surrey Regt. He was employed as Instructor Young Officers’ Company at Moore Park, Kilworth, Co. Cork. Reported for duty at Portobello Barracks, Dublin, 24.4.1916. Arrested Francis Sheehy Skeffington the next day while in charge of a picket at Portobello Bridge. To BEF, 9th East Surrey’s in June 1916. Left, trench nephritis, 30.7.1916. To 8th General Hospital, Rouen. To UK aboard Asturias, 7.8.1916, and admitted Osborne, IOW. MB at Osborne, 11.8.1916: ‘He went to France in June last. Contracted influenza from which he has recovered but looks pale and rather debilitated’: unfit for one month and sent on leave. Ordered to report to Irish Command, 19.8.1916, to give evidence to the Skeffington Inquiry. Being still unwell, he caught a further chill. Address Grosvenor Hotel, Dublin. MB, King George V Hospital, Dublin, 15.9.1916: unfit, granted leave to 15.11.1916. Address c/o Mrs Spearing, Fern Villa, Beach Road, Weston-Super-Mare. MB at Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, 24.11.1916: fit for Home Service. To 3rd East Surrey at Dover, 26.11.1916. MB 7.12.1916: fit for General Service. To BEF, 24.12.1916, and joined 12th East Surreys, 1.1.1917, as Pioneer Officer. Left unit 14.1.1917 and admitted to 140th FA and No. 10 CCS. To No. 12 CCS 20.1.1917. To 5th British Red Cross Hospital, 21.1.1917, and later to the Anglo-American Hospital. Embarked Boulogne-Southampton aboard Jan Breydel, 30.1.1917, and admitted to Guest’s Hospital, 26 Park Lane W. Trench nephritis and influenza. MB 5.2.1917: ‘Anaemic and run down. He sleeps badly. There is a neurasthenic tendency’; unfit for General Service for six weeks, unfit for any Home Service for one month; sent on sick leave. MB 13.3.1917, fit for Home Service. Sent to the Director of Timber Supplies, Caxton House, Tothill Street, Westminster. MB 24.4.1917: fit for General Service.

Released from 2nd East Surreys, 5.5.1919, having been employed by the Board of Trade. Address 6 Hume Street, Dublin. MBE London Gazette Supplement 30.3.1920 page 3850. Relinquished his commission, 1.9.1921, and retained the rank of Lt. Address 70 Victoria Street, SW1.

He was later employed as Deputy Assistant, Controller of Timber Supplies, Board of Trade. Invented certain new and useful improvements in carburettors for internal combustion engines, US patent number 62,415 in 1926; called the RAG carburettor that was manufactured at Tooting. RAG is thought to refer to an Irish woman, R.A. Garston, who is supposed to have financed the project. Later had various civilian occupations including motor racing. Died at Willseden, London, in 1954 while employed by deHavillands, who paid for his funeral. Son Hugh Morris, born 21.4.1914, served 4 years in the RN during WW2 and died 1990. Son Cyril John Mortimer ‘Jack’ Morris was born 25.6.1901 and died in 1976. His daughter Zélia Déjean married in 1943 and became Mrs Jasper. She died in 1991. Son Paul killed in a motorcycle accident.

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Max Cyril Morris's Timeline

March 1880
Cheshire, England
June 25, 1901
Age 21
Sidcup, UK
January 3, 1912
Age 31
Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, UK
March 1913
Age 33
Greater London, UK
April 21, 1914
Age 34
Bromley, Greater London, UK
June 1915
Age 35
Bromley, Greater London, UK