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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Morriss
MORRISS, Louis Arnold George (1896-1977)
Created 1940-[1955]
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
0.5 box or 0.005 cubic metres


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1896; served with 15 London Regt (Civil Service Rifles) in World War One; joined Colonial Police Service 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 1977.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

Content & structure

Scope and content

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].

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 of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

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.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and detailed Catalogue for the first accession available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room. The second accession has not yet been listed.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Compiled Mar 1997

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Colonial administration
  • Colonial countries
  • Colonialism
  • Communications media
  • Imperialism
  • Information sciences
  • International conflicts
  • International organizations
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • Periodicals
  • Photographs
  • Political doctrines
  • Political systems
  • Publications
  • State security
  • Visual materials
  • War
  • War prisoners
  • War victims
  • Wars (events)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Corporate names

  • RAF Volunteer Reserve
  • Red Cross


  • China, East Asia
  • Dutch East Indies
  • Japan, East Asia
  • Java, Indonesia, South East Asia
  • Malaysia, South East Asia
  • Manila, Philippines, South East Asia

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