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MORRISS, Louis Arnold George ([1896]-1968)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0099 KCLMA Morriss
Held at: Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, King's College London
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Full title: MORRISS, Louis Arnold George ([1896]-1968)
Date(s): Created 1940-[1955]
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres
Name of creator(s):


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born in [1896]; served with 15 London Regt (Civil Service Rifles) in World War One; joined Colonial Police Sevice in Malaya; transferred to Road Transport Department, Malayan Civil Service, [1935]; Pilot Officer, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Malaya, 1942; escaped to Java after fall of Malaya, but captured and imprisoned by the Japanese; held in Mitsushima camp, a sub-camp of Zentsuzi POW camp, near Tokyo, 1942-1945; liberated in Sep 1945 and returned to UK; returned to work in Malayan Civil Service, [1947]; retired 1949; died in 1968.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers relating to his civil and military career, 1940-1949, dated 1940-[1955], notably including typescript text concerning his service with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Malaya, 1942, dated [1945-1955]; photographs of Morriss and other POWs, Java and Japan, [1942-1943]; notes relating to his life as a POW, [1942-1945]; newsletters of the Java Fellowship, an organisation for families of RAF personnel missing in Java, 1943-1946; issues of Far East, the official journal of the Far East Section of the Red Cross and St John War Organisation Prisoners of War Department, 1944-1945; 'Publicity in connection with escaped, liberated or repatriated Prisoners of War', restricted circulation circular from General HQ, US Army Forces, Pacific, 1945; 'Homeward bound', pamphlet giving information about the 5th Replacement Depot, a processing camp for liberated POWs near Manila, Philippine Islands, [1945].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Arranged in the following sections: Malayan Civil Service; Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and POW camp; liberation and return to UK; post-war papers and ephemera; second accession.

Conditions governing access:

Open, subject to signature of reader's undertaking form.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Finding aids:

Summary guide of the collection on-line at catalogue for the first accession available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room. The second accession has not yet been listed.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Placed in the Centre by the family in 1989 and 1994.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

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Description Notes

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Date(s) of descriptions:
Mar 1997

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