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Cyril Clarke Boville Morris

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Cyril Clarke Boville Morris (1882-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"Major CYRIL CLARKE BOVILLE MORRIS, C.B.E., M.C., who was an authority on fire protection appliances, was formerly chief officer of the London Fire Brigade.

He was born in 1882 and educated at Haileybury College. After serving his time in the Stratford works of the Great Eastern Railway from 1899 to 1902, he continued in the service of the company as a draughtsman and later occupied the positions of locomotive inspector and assistant in the locomotive department.

In 1908 he began an association with the London Fire Brigade, which lasted for nearly thirty years. After holding the post of assistant divisional officer he was granted a commission in the Army Service Corps at the outbreak of war in 1914, and served in France. Subsequently he was made deputy assistant director of transport with the rank of major and was awarded the Military Cross.

He was also the holder of the 1914 Star with bar and the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal. He was recalled to the service of the London Fire Brigade in 1917 and in the following year was promoted to the post of divisional officer. After serving for fourteen years as second in command of the Brigade he was appointed chief officer.

In 1939 he was attached to the tire brigades division of the Home Office as director of training and two years later was appointed regional representative of the Ministry of Supply in the Eastern Area. He resigned this position in 1942 and also retired from representing the Institution on the British Standards Institution's Technical Committee on Fire Hose Couplings, but continued to be engaged on work for the Home Office and was also in practice as a consultant. Major Morris was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1902 and transferred to Associate Membership in 1908 and to Membership in 1914.

He was awarded the Hawksley Premium in 1938 and was the author of a paper on "Organization and Mechanical Appliances of the London Fire Brigade", which he presented in 1937. His death occurred on 31st October 1950."

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