William Mathieson Morton

Military Information

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  • Rank: Engineer Lieutenant
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  • Regiment/Service: H.M.S. Ark Royal
  • Unit/Ship: Royal Navy
  • Place of Death: Syra, Greece
  • Age at Death: 35
  • Date of Death: 28.12.1918
  • Burial Country: Greece
  • Cemetery: Syra New British Cemetery
  • Grave/Mem Ref no: II.C.8.

Personal Information

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  • Occupation: Marine Superintendent
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  • Father:

    David Morton, “Lantene Villa” Broughty Ferry

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  • Spouse:

    Isobel Christie Morton, “Helenville” Strathern Rd, Broughty Ferry

  • Children:

    1 Son (name unknown)

More about William Mathieson Morton

William died at Syra of Pneumonia following Influenza. He was a former pupil of Grove Academy, Broughty Ferry and is remembered on the schools war memorial.

William Mathieson Morton    Lieutenant Royal Navy

MORTON —At Syra, Greece, on 26th Dec, Engineer, Lieutenant William Mathieson Morton, R.N., beloved husband of Isobel Christie, Helenville, Strathearn Road, Broughty Ferry, and youngest son of David Morton, Lantene Villa, Broughty Ferry.

Dundee Courier 3rd January 1919

William Mathieson Morton   Engineer-Lieutenant Royal Navy


News has been received in Dundee of the death at Syra, Greece, of Engineer-Lieutenant W. M. Morton.

Prior to the war the deceased was marine superintendent at Calcutta for Messrs Andrew Weir & Co., London and Glasgow.  Early in 1917 he returned home for the purpose of offering his services to his country.  He applied for a commission in the navy, and received the rank of engineer-lieutenant.  He was ordered East, and went as second in command at Syra Naval Dockyard, and had recently been in command of the yard.  He also held the rank of engineer-commander in the Royal Hellenic Navy.  He contracted illness, and died suddenly on 28th December.

The deceased officer was the youngest son of Mr David Morton, Lanfene Villa, Broughty Ferry, and leaves a widow (a daughter of ex-Bailie J. R. Christie, Broughty Ferry) and a young son.

Dundee Courier 3rd January 1919

Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell

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