MORRIS, Guerin

Service Number: 4160
Enlisted: 30 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: North Adelaide, South Australia, 1 July 1897
Home Town: Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: St. Catherine's Convent School & Christian Brothers' School
Occupation: Motor Mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, Mouquet Farm, Pozières, France, 19 August 1916, aged 19 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
No known grave
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

30 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4160, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
11 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4160, 12th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
19 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4160, 12th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Pte. F. Morris, of Tynte street, North Adelaide, has received news of the death of his eldeBt son, Pte. P. Guerin Morris, aged 19 years. The deceased left South Australia in January last. His father has enlisted, and is now in camp at Mitcham." - from the Adelaide Register 21 Sep 1916 (

"Private Guerin Morris, who was reported killed between August 19 and 22, was well and favorably known in North Adelaide. He was the eldest surviving son of Private F. Morris, Tynte street, North Adelaide, who is shortly to leave for the front. The deceased was educated at St. Catherine's School and the Christian Brothers' School, Ovingham. He was rejected on three or four occasions because he was under height, but was finally accepted, and left for the front last January. He was only 19 years of age last July, and shared his birthday presents with his best friend (Private Gordon Nixon), who was wounded shortly after. Private Morris was of sturdy build, and his happy, generous nature gained him a host of friends. Bugler Jack Tuit, who has lost an arm, and the late Private Will Coulls, of Ovingham, were close friends of the deceased." - from the Adelaide Daily Herald 05 Oct 1916  (


Mrs. F. Morris, of 161 Tynte street, North Adelaide, has been informed by the military authorities of the death of her son, Private Guerin Morris, which occurred in France between August 19 and 22. Private Morris enlisted in August, 1915, and sailed for Egypt on January 10, 1916. He was born in the city and came to North Adelaide some 19 years ago, so he spent all his life in North Adelaide, where he was well known and respected by a large circle of friends. He was educated at the Christian Brothers' School, Ovingham. R.I.P." - from the Adelaide Southern Cross 06 Oct 1916 (

"MORRIS.- In loving memory of our dear son and brother, Guerin, who was killed in action at Mouquet Farm, France, on August 19th, 1916, dearly loved son of Private F. F. Morris, on active service, and J. Morris of 161, Tynte-street, North Adelaide, aged 19 years and 1 month.

No mother was there to soothe his brow, No brother to say good-bye, No sister to take him by the hand, When death was drawing nigh. - By his loving mother and brother, Ernie.

MORRIS.- In loving memory of our dear brother, Private Guerin Morris, who fell on the battlefields of France on August 19, 1916, aged 19 years and 1 month.

He marched away so bravely, His young head proudly held; His footsteps never faltered, His courage never fell. Do not ask us if we miss him, There is such a vacant place, We will never forget our brother, Or his clear, kind, smiling face. - Inserted by his only sister and brother, Eddy." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 18 Aug 1917 (