James, the son of George and Annie Morris of Staggy Creek, Inverell enlisted at Inverell on 24 February 1916. He was an 18 year old Farmer when he joined other district men to form the Second Contingent of the Kurrajongs who left Inverell together on 29 February.
James spent almost three weeks in the Narrabri camp and 7 weeks at Armidale. After his transfer to Rutherford he became ill with measles followed by pneumonia which resulted in his death. He was buried at the West Maitland Church of England Cemetery.
The name of James Morris is recorded on the Inverell Honor Roll and Cenotaph. In 1919 he was one of the 215 men for whom a memorial tree was planted in Kurrajong Parade.