Private Cyril Morris - RAOC

Taken from the Welsh website From Warfare to Welfare 1939-1959 and brought together into one single source.

Cyril Morris was serving with the 8th Army at Tobruk, when the port was seized by the Germans. Along with around 35,000 other men, Cyril was taken prisoner, and moved from Libya to Fara Sabina in Italy. When Mussolini was ousted from power, there was general confusion at the camp, and Cyril managed to slip away. He ran to the hills, and lived there for several months with an Italian family. He was then recaptured, and the PoWs at the German camps were loaded onto cattle trucks, to be taken by train to Germany. However, the train was bombed by American planes. Cyril survived, and presented himself at the gate of a British Army camp, with no uniform or ID. The guard who questioned him turned out to have a cousin from Dolgellau, Dennis Arnfield, whom Cyril had gone to school with.


                              All photos Copyright Cyril Morris                                      Click on an Image to enlarge

 Cyril Morris with colleagues near Tobruk, North Africa, 1942
Cartoon in general circulation among British servicemen, 1940's
 
Army Form B.104-83, sent to Cyril Morris's family informing them that he was missing in action, 28 July 1942
 
Prisoners of War at Italion POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina 1942/43
 
Italian Guard at POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina, with whom Cyril Morris became friendly, 1942/43

Orginally labeled as Cyril Morris pictured in North Africa, actually believed to have been taken at POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina 

Christmas Greetings sent by Cyril Morris from POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina to his family, 26 November 1942

Cyril Morris (back row, far right) with members of the Italian family who sheltered him, following his escape from POW Camp PG 54

Cyril Morris (far right) with members of the Italian family who sheltered him, following his escape from POW Camp PG 54

Cyril Morris (centre) with members of the Italian family he stayed with, following his escape from POW Camp PG 54

 
Debrief document in which Cyril Morris relates his experiences following his escape from a POW train, Italy, 28 January 1944

Debrief document in which Cyril Morris relates his experiences following his escape from a POW train, Italy, 28 January 1944
 
Notice of debriefing 29 June 1944

 
Letter from the Royal Army Ornance Corps to Cyril Morris, congratulating him on his escape, August 1944

Newspaper cuttings relating to the story of Cyril Morris's escape attemps in Italy, 1944

Christmas card from the Army PO Escape Club


Article from the magazine "Trydan", recounting Cyril Morris's return visit to the Petrucci family who had sheltered him following his escape from POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina

Article from the magazine "Trydan", recounting Cyril Morris's return visit to the Petrucci family who had sheltered him following his escape from POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina
 
Vivaro Romana, the village in which Cyril Morris was sheltered, following his escape from POW Camp PG 54 Fara Sabina