Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Tommy Morris.... An appreciation


I have regularly attended the annual AJEX parade at the cenotaph for the past 60 odd years but this year was unable to make it.
Amongst the familiar faces that were missing on this year's Parade was Tommy Morris who carried his 95 years so well. He will be sorely missed.

The following tribute was made on the AJEX website:

Tommy Morris who died in January at the age of 95 and was believed to be one of the oldest surviving paratroopers of WW2 was a familiar figure in AJEX circles.

Landing in Normandy on D- day he saw action in France, Belgium and Holland and finally in Germany until the end of hostilities. In Belgium, on liberating a hotel in Brussels he was given the right to stay without charge at any time. He will be missed in his home town of Plymouth, where he conducted his business in antiques. We salute the passing of a courageous comrade and are grateful for the bequest that he has left to the Association

4 Comments:

Blogger Boabbie said...

It is sad but inevitable to see another old soldier go.

May he rest in peace.

After all thats what he fought for.

Wednesday, 05 December, 2007  
Blogger Tomcann said...

It would appear from his medal tally that he probably served with 1st Para in North Africa prior to coming home to set up 6th Airborne which led the way to Normandy
He did more than his share

Thursday, 06 December, 2007  
Blogger Catherine L said...

I wanted to say exactly what boabbie wrote - and then saw it - and still want to write it.
We owe them - you all.
In heartfelt gratitude.

Thursday, 06 December, 2007  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

Do you have a note what Regiment Tommy Morris was with please, Ron? Possibly he was with the Parachute Regiment? I am wondering if he served with Cpl Jim McGuinness MM, a former neighbour if mine, and who I wrote about for the "People's War".

As you may remember most of the WW2
research I have done was in Normandy. I would have a look to see if I had anything written down about Tommy and / or his particular regiment. It was not as straightforward an operation as the popular perception tends to imply.

Saturday, 08 December, 2007  

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