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A World War II Memory - F/Sgt. Morley Gorrie​​
 This oral history was submitted by Edith M. Gorrie, wife of Morley Gorrie.

Oral History- Morley Gorrie Jan 12, 1913- July 27, 1997

Morley was married on June 6, 1942 to Edith Margaret Appleyard. In September of 1942 he enlisted and as he already had pharmaceutical training, he would serve in that capacity with no further military training.

Was stationed to Angular ON, which was located near Marathon ON. Here
he worked at the Japanese Internment Camp which was situated close to
Angular. There were no roads leading to the camp, so Morley was required to take the train into camp in the morning and home again at night.

He was then stationed to Portage Ia Prairie MB for a while, then on to
Borden.

In April 1944, he was sent overseas on the lie de France. On arrived in England, he spent a few months in the south before being transferred to the continent, where he served in Belgium and Holland in convalescent homes.

This put him between the 2 firing lines, as the Allied forces moved through Europe towards the German front. He remained here until December 1945, as returning troops often passed through the hospital before going back to England and home.

Morley returned to England in December 1945 and eventually started for home on Jan 17, 1946. His return passage was made on the Queen Elizabeth, were he was paged to work in the ship hospital.
Flight Sergeant Morley Gorrie
Morley and Edith Gorrie's
Home in the 1940s
His daughter Carol Louise was born on Nov 4, 1943. This was approximately the same time that Morley's brother Chuck was reported missing. Morley returned home to see his daughter and his family.

While serving in the hospital in Holland, a civilian woman came in with an injury to her leg. Morley gave her all the aid that he could and in return the women gave him a little sun dress for his daughter. At the end of the war,this was probably one of the only nice things this women still had. Morley brought the dress home and it is still a treasured family heirloom.


We have a picture of the house where Morley and Edith lived in the 1940s. It is now a Heritage Site in the village of Wawanesa Manitoba. Morley was one of six boys born to William and Amelia Gorrie. Morley’s father was a pharmacist who owned the drug store in Wawanesa. Morley took over the pharmacy in 1946.


We are curious about the rank insignia in Morley Gorrie s picture (attached). He appears to be a Flight Sergeant which seems appropriate for an airman working as a pharmacist in the RCAF. We were unable to find an explanation for what appears to be a capital `T’ and wreath between the sergeant stripes and the King’s Crown. If anyone has the answer to this mystery, please let us know.