Arthur Roy MORRISS
Known to all as "Digger"

Service Number: NZ404252
RNZAF Trade: Flight Mechanic, then Fitter IIE
Date of Enlistment: 8h of November 1940, aged 23 years old
Date of Demob: 4th of December 1945 (after 5 years, 26 days service)
Rank Achieved: Leading Aircraftsman
Flying Hours: nil
Operational Sorties: nil

Date of Birth: 2nd of May 1917, in Cambridge
Personal Details:
Digger was the son of Thomas Moore (Tom) Morriss and Saremma Morriss of 8 Williams Street, Cambridge. He was the elder brother of another Cambridge airman, Cliff Morriss. He was educated at Cambridge District High School, where he spent three years in the school cadets from 1930-33.

He had begun his working life in Cambridge at D.L. Hastie's bicycle shop. He had also spent a period working for G.M. Craib of Williams Street in Cambridge. Digger later moved to Auckland and worked as a motorcycle mechanic for Skeates and White's of Fort Street, Auckland. By the time he volunteered to join the RNZAF his mechanical experience saw to it that he joined to train as a Flight Mechanic.

Another skill he possessed and noted upon his application for the RNZAF was Radio Servicing. This may have come about whilst working for Hasties who also sold radios.

On the 20th of May 1944 Digger was married in Auckland to miss Margaret Fowke of Remuera, at St Mark's Church in Remuera. Digger's best man was Harold Morriss of Cambridge and his brother LAC Cliff Morriss, then living at Whenuapai.

Digger later returned to bicycle repair, and remained so right up till just before his death, specialising in older and antique bikes. His son has now taken up the same skills learned from his father.

Details of Death: Died 7th March 2004, in Auckland
Buried at:

Connection with Cambridge: Digger was born and was a resident in Cambridge before the war.

Thanks To: The late Mrs Joan Epps, sister-in-law of Digger Morriss



Service Details: Arthur "Digger" Morriss was sworn into service in the Royal New Zealand Air Force at RNZAF Station Harewood in Christchurch on the 8th of November 1940.

According to Digger's Service Records

Unit From Unit To Date wef
Recruit Training School, RNZAF Harewood
8 November 1940
RTS Harewood
Technical Training School, RNZAF Rongotai for Flight Mechanics' Course
12 December 1940

TTS Rongotai
RNZAF Whenuapai
1 January 1941
Technical Training School, Rongotai for Fitter IIE course
5 March 1943

No. 1 Sqn Whenuapai
29 March 1943
No. 1 Sqn Whenuapai
No. 40 Sqn Whenuapai
24 June 1943
No 40. Sqn Whenuapai
Pacific Ferry Command
11 August 1943
Pacific Ferry Command
29 August 1943
Pacific Ferry Command
28 Feb 1944
Pacific Ferry Command
No. 40 Sqn Whenuapai
23 March 1944
No. 40 Sqn Whenuapai
Whenuapai Maintenance Wing
11 July 1944
Whenuapai Maintenance Wing
No. 1 Personnel Depot (T), Remuera
25 October 1944
No. 1 Personnel Depot (T), Remuera
Base Depot Reception Pool, Espiritu Santo
9 Dec 1944
Base Depot Reception Pool , Espiritu Santo
No. 1 Servicing Unit, Guadalcanal
15 December 1944
No. 1 Servicing Unit, Guadalcanal
No. 1 SU, Bougainville (unit move)
14 April 1945
No. 1 Servicing Unit, Bougainville
NNEP (8) (moved to New Zealand)
31 October 1945
Reserve 'C'
4 December 1945

Promotions, Reductions and Remusters
According to Digger's Service Records

AC2 Flight Mech Group II
2 November 1940
Reclassified to AC1
28 March 1941
Remustered AC1 F/Mech Group II
1 April 1942
Reclassified to LAC F/Mech Group II
1 November 1942
Remustered to Fitter IIE Group I
1 November 1943


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