A Second War Normandy Participant & Korean Service Medal Bar
1939-1945 Star; France and Germany Star; Normandy Campaign Medal, 1 Clasp- NORMANDY (5345); Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp; War Medal 1939-1945; Korea Medal (SG23700 A.M. MORRIS); Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea; United Nations Korea Medal (SG23700 A.M. MORRIS); Coronation Medal 1953; Canadian Forces' Decoration with Ten Years' Additional Service Clasp (WO2 A M MORRIS); and South Korean Ambassador for Peace Medal. Naming is officially impressed on the KM and engraved on the UNKM, the number "5345" engraved on the NCM. Court-mounted with swing bar pinback, as worn by the veteran, plated, extremely fine. Accompanied by copies of his Record of Service, Certificate of Service, Attestation Papers, Service Records, Re-Engagement Forms, assorted correspondence and disciplinary letters. Footnote: Albert Maxwell Morris was born on February 23, 1923 in Montreal, Quebec (although other documentation states his birth date as May 21, 1925). He completed Grade Seven in Montreal English schools in 1939 (Grade Eight in 1940 at the age of 15) and was thoroughly bilingual in English and French. He attended William Dawson Night School for one year, from 1940-1941 and obtained most of his Grade Eleven. Following school, he worked two years as a Delivery Boy and was employed at George R. Prowse Range Company in Montreal as Helper (Fitter) from 1940 to 1942. He was also employed at Canadian Staples in Montreal as an operator of machinery at $12 per week for one year. He had worked at mostly unskilled jobs before joining the Army's Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps from 1940 to 1941. Morris was a resident of Montreal, when he signed his Attestation Paper as a Private (G-23700) with the Canadian Army Active (Active Service Force), on March 2, 1942, at No. 7 District Depot in Fredericton, New Brunswick, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Agnes Morris, stating that he had served for six months with No. 3 District Stores Section, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps and two months with No. 4 Army Field Workshop, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps (RP), that he was Single and that his trade was that of Machine Operator. He was taken on strength of No. 70 Canadian Army (B) Training Corps on the 13th, then transferred to A-21, Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps. He embarked for overseas service on October 28, 1942, arriving in Great Britain on November 5th. He was struck off strength of the Canadian Ordnance Reinforcement Unit and posted to No. 8 Canadian Salvage Unit on January 14, 1943. Two weeks earlier, he had been informed that his father, Charles Morris, had passed away in Montreal on January 1st. During that first year, his youth and immaturity made themselves felt, as he got into trouble, resulting in a Court-Martial and forfeiture of 147 days pay but quickly rallied, resolving himself to be a good soldier. He served with the Canadian Special Salvage Detachment from July 3 to September 7, 1943 and at the Canadian Base Ordnance Workshop from March 26 to April 24, 1944. In the rank of Private, he was fully trained in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps and employed on general duties for two years. Morris was transferred to the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as a Craftsman on May 15, 1944 and was awarded ten days' Field Punishment, forfeiting ten days' pay on May 17th. The punishment did not affect his promotion to Corporal on May 20th. He was transferred to the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps and placed with the 1st Battalion, Regiment de la Chaudiere on June 12, 1944, arriving in France eleven days later, as part of the post-Normandy Invasion on the 23rd. Morris was promoted to Sergeant in December 1944 and spent eight months as a Provost Sergeant, embarking North West Europe, disembarking in the United Kingdom on November 6, 1945, having seen action on the Continent for ten months. He was struck off the 1st Battalion, Regiment de la Chaudiere of the Canadian Army overseas, and posted to No. 4 District Depot in Quebec City, Quebec on December 22, 1945. He later served at No. 15 Infantry Training Battalion in St. Jerome, Quebec. Morris joined the Royal Montreal Regiment (Regular Force) in February 1946 as a Small-Arms Instructor, in the rank of Sergeant. Morris had steady remunerative employment, but stated that he could not get the Army out of his system and was now at the depot for re-enlistment. It was noted that he was "one of the better type of applicants by virtue of personality, over-all appearance, experience, and motivation" and that he was "well-adjusted socially, happily married, has just become the proud father of a baby girl, and is leaving for GMT with a mind free from domestic or other worry". He was discharged on July 8, 1946 at Montreal South, Quebec in the rank of Sergeant, credited with having served thirty-eight months in the United Kingdom and Continental (North West) Europe. He intended "to return to civil life" upon demobilization, at the age of 23 and held a Certificate for Meritorious Service in battle granted by Field Marshall Montgomery. He was living in Montreal and his desire was to seek employment as a bricklayer by taking a course. It was noted that he had the "the ability to pick things up fast and as well is ambitious to get ahead" and that he was "tall, well-proportioned, neatly groomed, carefully dressed, stands and walks in a soldierly manner, and generally of very favourable appearance". For his Second World War service, he was awarded the 1939-1945 Star, the France and Germany Star, the Defence Medal, the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Overseas Clasp and the War Medal 1939-1945. Morris' career as a bricklayer didn't pan out, so he sought employment as a Grinder with the Helber Bearing Company in Mount Royal. He re-enlisted with the Army, signing his Attestation Paper with the Non-Permanent Active Militia of Canada, and was posted to No. 3 Company, Royal Montreal Regiment (MG), on April 15, 1947 at Westmount, Quebec, stating that he had four years' and four months' previous service with the Regiment de la Chaudiere, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Agnes Morris, stating his occupation as Grinder, then later married. Morris had to take other jobs to supplement his income, working for the O.M. Edwards Company, as an Assembler of window frames from November 1946 to November 1947 at $50 per week, and with the Elmhurst Dairy Limited as a Milk Delivery Salesman at $55 per week beginning in January 1948. Morris was struck off strength to the Canadian Provost Corps School at Camp Borden, where he saw a series of appointments: to Lance Corporal on May 13, 1947, to Acting Corporal on June 10, 1947, to Corporal on December 10, 1947, to Acting Sergeant on December 11th and to Sergeant on June 1, 1948. He was posted to Valcartier Camp from July 17 to 24, 1948. Morris signed his Attestation Paper as a Private and upgraded to Private 1st Class with the Canadian Army (Regular) and Reg Comp, on January 24, 1949, enlisting at Montreal, Quebec, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Vera Nancy Morris and stating that he had three years' previous service. While at the Canadian Provost Camp School at Camp Borden, he ran afoul of the authorities a few times. He qualified Service Police Group One in June 1949, completed the Special Investigator Course in December 1949, took possession of the married quarters as of December 17, 1949, was promoted to Corporal on March 1, 1950, qualified Service Police Group Two in March 1950 and passed the Instructor's Physical Training course on March 15, 1950. He is documented at being briefly at Kingston with 3 Section A & T, from June 12 to July 16, 1950. He was transferred to the E List at Army Headquarters in Ottawa on July 17th, where he was promoted to Sergeant and seconded by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was posted for brief periods in Calgary from November 16 to 29, 1950 and in London, England from January 31 to March 4, 1951. Morris was admitted "sick" to the Royal Canadian Air Force Hospital at Rockcliffe on April 23, 1951, before being discharged on the 27th. He was re-admitted to hospital four months later, on August 29th, then discharged on September 5th. From October 1951 to March 1952, he was posted to National Defence Headquarters at Ottawa, as a Section Guard with the Canadian Provost Corps and re-engaged for three years' additional service on January 24, 1952. In early March 1952, he began intensive training with No. 25 Canadian Infantry Brigade Group in Edmonton, Alberta, for eventual service during the Korean War. He embarked for the Far East on April 4, 1952 and was posted to Britcom Sub Area in Tokyo, Japan on April 10th. Morris was suspected of "black market" activities while serving in Japan, accused of selling Coca-Cola, which was stored at Lucy's Beer Hall in Hiro. He defended himself by stating that he had the Coca Cola for personal consumption, as he was an abstainer from alcohol and stored it Hiro for safety reasons. He also said that he was responsible for the investigation of the black market at the Kure Docks, which resulted in the conviction of many Canadian and Japanese nationals and that he had received a citation from the Japanese National Police Force for his actions. However, the Army's suspicions of his activities resulted in his re-mustering into the disciplinary trade, later in April 1953. He was admitted to 25 Canadian Field Dressing Station, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps on August 13, 1952, before embarking Korea for Japan on the 18th and embarked the Far East eight months later, on April 18, 1953. For his Korean war service, he was awarded the Korea Medal and the United Nations Korea Medal. Upon return from Japan, he returned to Camp Borden on June 29, 1953, still in the rank of Sergeant, and was posted to the Canadian Provost Corps School, No. 12 Service Detention Barracks. He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on April 19, 1954. However, he ran afoul of the authorities and was briefly taken into Civil Custody from September 20 to 23, 1954. He re-engaged for six years' additional service on January 24, 1955 and was transferred to No. 5 Personnel Depot in Kingston in March 1955. He was posted to No. 7 Service Detention Barracks in the Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia on May 1, 1955 and after one month there, was admitted to Station Hospital at HMCS Shearwater on June 2nd, before being discharged on the 7th. He qualified Disciplinarian Group Two in December 1955, was posted for a brief time to Kentville, Nova Scotia on October 31, 1957 and to No. 8 Service Detention Barracks in Aldershot, Nova Scotia from February 14 to June 23, 1958, where he qualified Disciplinarian Group Three in February of that year. He was transferred to No. 14 Service Detention Barracks at Valcartier Camp on July 1, 1958 and was briefly in hospital from July 3rd to the 9th. He served at No. 14 SDB until March 22, 1960, when he returned to No. 3 Personnel Depot in Quebec City, where he passed the Fundamentals of First Aid (St. John's Ambulance) Course on October 15th, then returned to No. 14 Service Detention Barracks at Valcartier Camp on October 31st, where he re-engaged for six years' additional service on January 24, 1961. While a Staff Sergeant at 21/c Staging Camp in St. Rose, Quebec, an "Accident Resulting From the Use of Naptha Gas" Report was filed. At approximately 2000 hrs on June 10, 1961, Morris was on duty at the Staging Camp when he noticed another soldier mixing dirt and oil in five small bean cans. Morris asked him what he was doing and was told that he was making smudge pots, in order to ward off mosquitoes, well aware that the pots were around the camp in great numbers. Then he saw the soldier place the pots four to five feet apart on the ground outside in front of the Quartermaster stores and walked away. The soldier proceeded to kick over a one quart container of liquid, resulting in his pants becoming drenched from the knee down. Morris asked him what was in the container and the response was "naptha gas". The soldier returned to light his smudge pots but forgot that his pants were soaked in the flammable substance. One of the pots overflowed and the soldier began to stamp on the grass to extinguish the subsequent grass fire. That resulted in his pant leg igniting into a large flame. Morris tried to put out the flame with his hand first, then rolled the subject on the ground to finally extinguish the flames, saving the soldier from extensive burns over his whole body. Morris later graduated as a Qualified Driver (Wheel) Class 1-2-3-4 on January 24, 1963. He was admitted to hospital on two occasions in 1964, from February 28 to April 6 and July 7 to July 15 and from January 13 to 19, 1965. He was found guilty of three charges of assault and sentenced to a six month suspended sentence on September 7, 1966. Morris had a history of disciplinary problems dating back to 1954, which included accusations of bootlegging while driving a taxi in his spare time (insufficient evidence), breaking, entering and theft from his QM stores and MIR (nothing could be proved) and carnal knowledge of a thirteen year old girl (she declared in court that the statements she made to the police during the investigation of the offence were lies), all in 1954. Later, upon a visit to by the Provost Marshal to Camp Borden, the Provost Marshal told Morris that he was not suitable for retention in the Canadian Provost Corps because NCOs in that regiment had to be above suspicion. He had been 1. Absent Without Leave in December 1959, 2. had received a Formal Warning in January 1960, 3. had given instructions in child-birth beyond the scope of the training standards for service detainees and charged under Section 118 of the National Defence Act but found not guilty of two offences and given a verbal warning in July 1963, 4. had been involved in three incidents which were unbecoming of an NCO and received a Formal Warning in August 1963, 5. had been convicted under Section 81 of the National Defence Act on January 18, 1965 and 6. had been found guilty of three charges of assault and awarded a six month suspended sentence by a civil court in September 1966. Although the Canadian Provost Corps tried to have him released from the force, he managed to continue with the CPC. Morris was stationed at No. 14 Service Detention Barracks at Valcartier Camp, when he wrote a lengthy letter addressed to Lieutenant B.N. Wright, Commanding Officer, No. 14 Service Detention Barracks, Valcartier Camp, on November 2, 1966. In it was a stern defence regarding all the aforementioned charges and incidents, as either being falsely accused of or as a victim of circumstances, which ended up lengthening his service with the Canadian Provost Corps. Morris was again transferred, this time to No. 10 Service Detention Barracks at Edmonton, Alberta on July 29, 1968 and this was to prove to be his final posting. He was with the Military Police Section at CFB Edmonton on September 9, 1969, when he received a third verbal warning, which was filed by Captain M.C. MacDonald, as Morris "failed to enter a telephone call in the DOB (Daily Occurrence Book) received at the detachment while he was an NCO in charge of his shift" on September 5th at 1600 hours. Other warnings issued by MacDonald, included one on June 26, 1969 at 2330 hours, for "Failing to report that a member of his shift had reported for duty in an intoxicated condition" and on August 26, 1969, for "Failing to report a security infraction which was reported to him by a member of his shift and failing to have said member complete an MPOR on the infraction". The Captain stated that Morris had "been warned that a further occurrence of neglect of duty would result in him being paraded before the Base Commander, CFB Edmonton and given a formal warning. If after this warning he does not improve his handling of duties, he will be recommended for release from the Canadian Forces as unsuitable for further service." At approximately 1330 hours on September 12, 1969, Morris was ordered to range practice. After completing two relays of firing the 9 mm pistol, he was standing well behind the firing point waiting to fire the sub-machine gun. Sergeant F.W. Lewis was behind him and discharged his 9 mm pistol. Morris suffered a gun shot wound to the upper portion of his right arm, the bullet penetrating his arm and lodging into his chest and as of the filing of the official accident report, the bullet had not been extricated. The wound would prove to be a serious issue, as one year afterwards, on October 1, 1970, it was declared by a Medical Board at Base Hospital at CFB Edmonton, that Morris was to be "released on medical grounds", as he was "unfit for further service". Warrant Officer Albert M. Morris, Canadian Provost Corps was discharged from service on September 7, 1971, at the age of 48. Morris wrote a letter to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa, dated July 15, 1977, stating that "I have lost my Campaign Medals, over 4 years ago & would appreciate it if I could replace them. I would gladly pay any amount for them.", listing the five Second World War Medals, the two Korean War Medals and the Canadian Forces' Decoration among the losses. He was living in Kamloops, British Columbia, when he received a letter from the Department of National Defence, dated August 17, 1977, acknowledging his request for a replacement Canadian Forces' Decoration and Clasp. The DND had requisitioned his service file from the Public Archives to review. In a follow up letter from the Department of National Defence, dated August 30, 1977, they stated that in order for Morris to be able to replace the Canadian Forces' Decoration and Clasp, he needed to complete a statutory declaration in the presence of a Justice of the Peace of Commissioner of Oaths, giving full particulars of the loss and steps taken to effect recovery and pay $4.00. He was married to Vera Nancy Morris and was issued the silver Canadian Forces' Service Pin on December 30, 1985. Morris died on March 12, 1990 in New Westminster, British Columbia, at the age of 67 and was posthumously awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal for Korea on September 12, 1991.