Remembered by: Mano Chandy
Date added: 25 Jun 2012
Wing Commander Edward Morris 1938 – 2012, known as Ted
Ted came from a Royal Air Force Family. His uncle William Morris joined as an apprentice in 1920, retiring in 1955, and his father Benjamin Morris joined in 1922 also as an apprentice. Ted joined the RAF in 1956. His first posting after graduating as a Pilot Officer in the Administration Branch was to the Royal Navy Air Station Culdrose. What he did there is not known, but we do know he had a great time. He may have been an Adjutant there.
In 1959 Ted was posted to NATO Headquarters in Germany. Among his duties he was officer in charge of RAF Guards of Honour; this was a duty he relished given his interest in ceremony. The photograph shows Ted accompanying the late King Baudouin of Belgium when he visited NATO HQ. Ted came back briefly in 1960 to marry Frances, a WRAF Officer. Ted always maintained that by doing so he saved the Service.
Several home posting followed, until in 1967 he was seconded to the Kenyan Air Force and was accompanied by his wife and four children. Kenyatta had recently set-up his Air Force, which he wished to model on the RAF, so RAF personnel were seconded to train the Kenyans. This was a fantastic posting and Ted and his family grew to love Kenya and the Kenyans. At the end of the tour he was promoted to Squadron Leader and sent to the MOD.
Ted enjoyed all sports. Rugby was his passion, but by his early 30’s he found that being in the scrum - usually at the bottom of it – was no longer the fun it had been, so he became an avid spectator. He now took up riding as his new sport. He had been introduced to horses and riding by his wife, Frances, whilst in Kenya. When he was posted to RAF Leuchars he resurrected the Saddle Club. He was very proud to win Strike Command’s Show Jumping Class at their Equitation Championships in 1973. (The photograph does not show him on the horse he rode at the Championships.)
Ted left Leuchars as a Wing Commander. He had tours of duty with Junior Command and Staff School, where he reckoned he fought a loosing battle in teaching students to recognise a split infinitive and a non-related pronoun. Ted was also Wing Commander Administration at RAF Finningly. His last posting before taking early retirement was with the Department of Recruitment. There he had the pleasure of attesting his younger son, Alistair, into the RAF as an apprentice.
Ted left the RAF in 1988 and retired to Fife. For a short time he worked with Fife Council, but soon decided there were more interesting things to occupy his time, so he finally retired completely. He soon found new interests; he was Honorary Treasurer of the local Community Association and the Fife Folk Museum, a Member of the Community Council and on the Committee of and subsequently the Chairman of our Timeshare Club. Ted had always been interested in politics and now he was able to take part, and soon found himself Chairman of the local Conservative Party.
Shortly after Ted retired he was diagnosed as having arthritis of the spine, but with the help of painkillers was able to enjoy a number of years of walking, playing golf (badly), fishing (not too successfully) and went on several memorable cruises. Even after Ted had to give up playing golf, he was able to marshal at golf championships and at a carriage driving competition.
Ted’s arthritis became troublesome over the years, but he and Frances had a wonderful Golden Wedding Party for family and friends. Ted remained cheerful and interested in life in general, and in his family and grandchildren in particular as he became more disabled and frail.
Ted died very peacefully on the 6th March 2012.