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Memorable Manitobans: John William Morris (1891-1959)

Educator, veteran.

Born at Sheffield, England on 14 July 1891, son of John Morris and Sabina Thickett, he was educated at Sheffield University. He came to Canada in 1912 and taught school for three years at Stony Mountain village, and a year at Kenora (Ontario). In May 1916, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and served in France, participating in battles at Somme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, and Passchendaele. He was wounded and gassed in 1918, at Arras, and was invalided to England.

He returned to Canada in January 1919 and resumed teaching, spending two years at Miami Consolidated School (1919-1921), one year at Newdale High School (1921-1922), and seven years at Boissevain High School (1922-1929). From 1929 to 1949, he worked with the McColl Frontenac Oil Company and, from 1949 to 1958, as auditor in the Manitoba Department of Health. He retired in 1958.

In 1915, he married Helena Vaughan. They had a son and a daughter. He was a member of the Masons (Eastern Star, Royal Arch), Royal Humane Society, Manitoba Teachers Federation, and Presbyterian Church. His recreations included cricket, football, and golf.

He died at Winnipeg on 26 April 1959 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.


Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

“Was auditor for Health Department, John Morris dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 April 1959, page 4.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1959, page 59.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2013

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