John Morris came to the 1922 expedition as transport officer and interpreter, a role he was again assigned on the 1936 expedition.
Morris went on to serve in the trenches during World War I and subsequently with the Gurkha Rifles in Palestine and the Third Afghan War in 1919.
In his autobiography, Hired to Kill, Morris writes candidly about confronting his homosexuality during his army career, which was eventually terminated by a bout of tuberculosis. A music lover and intellectual, Morris read social anthropology at Cambridge before teaching English in Japan during the anxious years of 1938–41, leading up to the Pacific war.
After being repatriated, he worked for BBC Radio as Director of the Far Eastern Service (1943–52) and as Controller of the Third Programme (1952–58, later Radio 3).