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DATE OF EM ACTION: 30/03/1917 Llanhilleth Mines, Monmouth, Wales.
Very little is known about the life of Assistant Timberman Arthur Morris other than his actions at the Llanhilleth Mines in Monmouth, Wales on 30th March 1917.
A timberman, William Henry Dixon, was in a part of the mine that was to be abandoned. He was withdrawing timber, assisted by Morris. Some timber collapsed causing a fall of roof and sides. Dixon was buried in a sitting position up to his neck. Morris, who was eight yards away at the time, rushed to help Dixon. As more debris fell, Dixon told Morris to leave, but he ignored the suggestion and continued working to free Dixon. Danger of a large stone falling upon them encouraged Morris to run 20 yards for timber, which he positioned over Dixon for protection. He then continued removing the debris and managed to free Dixon. Morris, who himself had cuts and bruises, was attending to Dixon’s injuries when the large stone fell. It would have killed them both if they had not moved away from the fall area. If Morris had left Dixon and ran for help Dixon would have been killed by the fall. The nearest workman was 600 yards away.
BURIAL LOCATION: UNKNOWN.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WALES, CARDIFF.