Service Number: NZ428414
RNZAF Trade: Wireless Operator Group II
Date of Enlistment: 13th of July 1942
Date of Demob: 9th of November 1945
Rank Achieved: Leading Aircraftsman
Flying Hours: nil as aircrew
Operational Sorties: nil
Date of Birth: 21st of January 1922, in Cambridge
Personal Details: Cliff was the son of Thomas Moore (Tom) Morriss and Saremma Morriss of Cambridge. He was the brother of another Cambridge Airman, Arthur "Digger" Morriss. Cliff was married to Joan (nee Cowie, now Joan Epps).
He was educated at Cambridge District High School for one and a half years. He then became a cadet at the Post and Telegraph School in Wellington, learning the trade of P&T Operator. He was to carry on this role as a part-time soldier in the Territorials, and then further once he entered the RNZAF.
Service Details: Cliff Morriss transferred to the RNZAF from the Territorial Army in 1942. He had previously served in the Waikato Mounted Rifles as a Territorial Soldier from the 1st of November 1941 through till the 9th of July 1942.
Though already quite experienced from his civil training, he had trained as a ground-based Wireless Operator in the Army, doing a course in March-April 1942 at the AFV Wireless School.
Upon entering the RNZAF, Cliff was sent to an Aerodrome Defence Unit for a short period at RNZAF Station Wigram, and then he commenced a further course in August 1942 at the Electrical and Wireless School, Wigram.
Upon completing that course he was posted overseas with No. 14 Squadron RNZAF, who were flying P40 Kittyhawks. He was based initially at Espiritu Santos, and then moved up to Guadalcanal. On completion of his time with No. 14 Squadron he received a Special Recommendation for promotion for his services to the squadron from Wing Commander Ron Kirkup.
After a tour in the islands, he was returned to New Zealand, and found himself sent to Waiouru, in winter! There was eight inches of snow on the ground, not nice when you've just arrived back from the tropics.
After some time at Waiouru he returned to the islands, but his health gave in, and he was returned to New Zealand to see out the war.
Details of Death: Cliff died on the 24th of May 1958 at Cambridge, aged 36 years.
Buried at: Hautapu Cemetery , Cambridge (RSA Cemetery Plot: Plot 5 Row B)