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Morrison, William Henry (4172)

Place of Birth: Sydney, NSW

Age: 27 years 3 months

Enlistment Details: Monday, 26 July 1915 – Melbourne, VIC

Service Number: 4172            view online service record

51 Evans Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Next of Kin:
Jessie Morrison (mother)
51 Evans Street
Port Melbourne, VIC

Embarkation Details:
Date: Tuesday, 7 March 1916
Ship: HMAT Wiltshire A18
Port: Melbourne, VIC
Unit: 21st Infantry Battalion – 10th Reinforcements

Died: Sunday, 11 August 1918
Place: France

Private, 21 Infantry, died from accident, 11 August, 1918, France, aged 25.

Parents: Richard and Marguerite MORRISON (late), wife Mrs Jessie MORRISON, born Sydney. Enlisted showing himself as single and with his father, address unknown as next of kin, later with his wife at 51 Evans Street, confirmed by a Death Notice, no mention of any children. She returned the circular from Essendon nominating Balaclava as her late husband’s place of association. His record reveals Morrison was accidentally drowned in the River Somme on 11 August, 1918 with nothing to suggest the circumstances.

Additional research by Brian Membrey


  • Brian Membrey
    Posted July 28, 2016 1.30 pm 0Likes

    MORRISON. – A tribute to the memory of W. H. Morrison (Will), officially reported accidentally drowned 11/8/18, after 2½ years’ service abroad, devoted husband of Jessie (nee Parker).

    Why, what we long for most of all
    Eludes so oft our eager hand,
    Why hopes are crushed and castles fall,
    Up there, some time we’ll understand.

    “One of the best.”
    On his long furlough after faithful duty.
    (His sorrowing wife, J. Morrison, 51 Evans street, Port Melbourne.)

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