William Morrison

Military Information

  • Date of enlistment: 05.11.1914
  • Place of enlistment: Dundee
  • Service no: 8001
  • Rank: Private
  • Service Occupation:
  • Awards:
  • Regiment/Service: Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • Unit/Ship: 1st Battalion
  • Place of Death: Belgium
  • Age at Death: 34
  • Date of Death: 10.01.1915
  • Burial Country: Belgium
  • Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 19 & 33

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth:
  • Place of Birth: Dundee
  • Address: 59 Milnbank Road, Dundee
  • Occupation: Goods Guard, North British Railway
  • Mother:
  • Father:
  • Siblings:
  • Spouse:

    Christina Dewar Morrison, 22 West Wynd, Dundee

  • Children:

    Jane, born 18.02.1908 & William, born 18.01.1910

More about William Morrison

William has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.



A Dundee family has experienced a remarkable realisation of a soldier’s strange premonition of impending disaster.

Before leaving home to join his regiment, the 1st Royal Scots Fusiliers, Private William Morrison, 59 Milnbank Road, Dundee, declared to his friends that something within him told him he would not come back.  He left Scotland for the front on 3d December, and his wife received official intimation of his death in action on 10th January.

Private Morrison was a tried soldier.  For sixteen years he was associated with the Black Watch, with which regiment he passed through the whole of the South African campaign.  He was wounded at Magersfontein, and was the possessor of two medals.  His time expired in February last year, but he enlisted in the Royal Scots Fusiliers on 5th November.

In civil life he was employed on the North British Railway as a goods guard.  He was in his thirty-fifth year, and is survived by his widow and two children.

Dundee Courier 1st February 1915

Additional information and image courtesy of Michael Caldwell

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