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Francis Morris
Francis Morris
Francis Morris at the age of 99.
Birth: 2 November 1914
England, UK
Death: 21 June 2016
Quarmby, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, UK
Age: 101 years, 136 days
Country: United Kingdom UK

Francis Kenyon Morris (2 November 1914 – 21 June 2016) was an English centenarian who is well known for being falsely portrayed in the Herman Guntherberg Hoax.


Morris grew up on a farm near Stocksbridge, South Yorkshire, and left school aged just 13 when he was offered a job on another farm 14 miles away in the Sheffield area.

Eventually, Morris decided on a change of career and went to work on the buses.

When the Second World War broke out in 1939, he joined the RAF Police and was stationed in Malta and Italy. He married Ann 'Winnie' Thompson and had two sons.

After his career on the buses ended he found part-time work at a garage and continued with that until he was 74. His wife died in 1997.

Morris became famous in 2014 for being one of the oldest drivers in his country.

Morris died after a short illness at Aden Mount Nursing Home in Quarmby, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, UK on 21 June 2016 at the age of 101 years, 136 days. He was survived by a 66 year-old son named Malcolm, another son named Paul, five grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.

Internet hoax

Soon after passing his drivers test, at the age of 99, photos of Morris were used to represent the facetious longevity hoax of Herman Guntherberg. The story was published by the World News Daily Report, a satirical fake news website, claiming that Herman Guntherberg was actually 128-year old Adolf Hitler and had fled to Argentina in 1945.