MORRIS, Matthew Frank

Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit / Base: 
1 Commando
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Engineers
Service: 
Army
Number: 
1905889
Died : 
Wednesday, January 31, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
26
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Lance Sergeant Matthew Morris MM, 6 Troop, died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. 
He had been awarded the Military Medal and  Mentioned in Despatches in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North Africa, and is named in the report about Hill 170 Burma. [Linked content below]. 
Recommendation for the M.M.
On March 17th 1943 Cpl. Morris with a small party were detailed to assist in clearing out an isolated enemy post in a wood in the area of Tamera Mine.
At approx. 1730 hrs the area was attacked and the enemy driven out by Cpl. Morris and the seven men with him.
After the attack one of Cpl. Morris's men, Pte Austin, was wounded by a burst of automatic fire that came in from a flank. Austin could not move and so Cpl. Morris went back into the open and succeeded in bringing in the wounded man and carried him until he was able to hand him over to a stretcher party.
Cpl. Morris did not hesitate to go for Austin in spite of the fact that he realised he was under observation and within very close range of an enemy automatic weapon.
This action of Cpl. Morris was consistent with the energetic leadership and good example Morris has set while in command of a sub-section. His courage and devotion to duty was such that, apart from saving the life of one of his section, he was also an example and inspiration to all who saw him.
 
Sources
CWGC.
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.
MM : London Gazette 36018, page 2208 and National Archives file WO373/1/224.
MiD : London Gazette 36180, page 4224.
Linked Content below.
 
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