Badge Number: 4647


Service Number: 1467
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 1896
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Shop Assistant
Died: Walkerville North, South Australia, 18 November 1953, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Enfield Memorial Park, S.A.
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, SN 1467, 10th Infantry Battalion
19 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, SN 1467, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Runic, Melbourne

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Biography contributed by tony griffin

Owen Morse was the son of Joseph Henry and Ellen (nee Smith) Morse of Port Broughton. Owen was born in Adelaide in 1896. A grocers assistant, he was 18 years old when he enlisted at Oaklands on 30 November 1914.

Owen would be the first boy from Port Broughton to be invalided home.

Appointed to 3rd Reinforcements/10 Battalion Owen embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT A54 Runic on 19 February 1915 and was taken on strength with 10 Battalion on 7 May. 10 Battalion had landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Owens baptism of fire would have been on 19 May when 10 Battalion repulsed a massive attack by Turkish troops. Then followed a relatively quiet period but the Australian lines were fired on by artillery on a daily basis. It was probably during one of these barrages that Owen was wounded in the chest and back. Owen was evacuated to 1 Australian General Hospital in Cairo.

On 29 August Owen embarked for discharge in Australia aboard HT Euripides and on arrival in Adelaide was admitted to 7 Australian General Hospital at Keswick. He was discharged from hospital on 22 May 1916, almost a year after he was wounded at Gallipoli. After serving for 1 year and 184 days Owen  was discharged on 31 May 1916.