From Polmont, James Fitz Morris, the son of James and Jane (Brown) Morris, was educated at Laurieston School. Enlisting early in the war, he served as a motor despatch rider with the Highland Light Infantry before he transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. Prior to becoming a pilot, he served with 11 Squadron in France as an observer on Vickers Gunbuses and was mentioned in despatches. After recovering from a serious accident in August 1916, he served as an instructor at Harlaxton aerodrome and was promoted to Temporary Captain. Returning to France with 25 Squadron in the summer of 1917, he scored seven victories flying the D.H.4. With 23 Squadron in March 1918, he scored seven more victories flying the SPAD XIII. Captain Morris was killed in a crash while touring the United States with a contingent of R.A.F. fliers in the summer of 1918.
Appears as James Fitz-Morris, James FitzMorris, and James Fitzmorris in the London Gazette and other secondary sources.
The Idaho Statesman, Boise, Idaho, Thursday Morning, 15 August 1918, page 2
Death Certificate, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
Military Cross (MC)
T./Capt. James Fitz-Morris, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty on photographic and offensive patrols. On at least four occasions he has displayed great dash and courage in attacking hostile machines, two of which he completely destroyed, and has driven others down out of control.
Lt. (T./Capt.) James FitzMorris, M.C.,
High. L.I., and R.F.C.
For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. During operations he carried out many reconnaissances at a low altitude and obtained valuable information. On one occasion, while on a bombing patrol, he saw an enemy machine attacking our troops with machine gun fire from about 500 feet, and at once attacked it and drove it to the ground. He then attacked seven enemy scouts, one of which he drove down in flames inside our lines. He has also destroyed five other enemy machines and driven down two others out of control. He has always set a magnificent example of dash and determination.