Morrison, William: Service no. 53707


Digitized Service Record


Source: April 1918 casualty.


Summary of Service[i] for Company Sergeant Major William Morrison, reg. no. 53707

July 9, 1889BornBorn at West Bay, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
October 24, 1914EnlistedEnlists with the 18th Battalion at St. Thomas, Ontario. He is a 5’11” tall labourer and has designated his aunt, Florence McNight of St. George Channel, West Bay, Cape Breton as his next-of-kin. He has no prior military experience. On another document he lists his sister, Mrs. William Thompson C/O Morrison 246, West 114 Street, New York, New York as to also be notified. Another card indicates that his father’s address is: Mr. A.R. [Angus Rorie] Morrison, R.R. #1, East Kingston, New Hampshire.
November 1915Separation AllowanceA separation allowance of $20.00 is assigned to a Miss Myrtle Robillard of St. Thomas, Ontario who is a guardian to his child.
November 11, 1914Anti-Typhoid InoculationSigned by D.H. Hogg.
November 22, 1914Anti-Typhoid InoculationSigned by D.H. Hogg.
December 16, 1914VaccinatedSigned by D.H. Hogg.
December 31, 1914Absent 1 DayAbsent one day per Daily Order (D.O.) 62.
January 1915Withheld Pay$1.10 pay withheld per D.O. 62.
March 1915Withheld PayPay withheld per D.O. 121.
April 15, 1915Leaves London, OntarioLeaves to embark S.S. Grampian at Halifax, Nova Scotia for England.
April 29, 1915Arrives EnglandArrives with 18th Battalion at Avonmouth and the Battalion entrains to West Sandling for training with the 2nd Canadian Contingent (2nd Division).
July 19, 1915To Be Lance-CorporalPer Officer Commanding, 18th Battalion.
September 15, 1915Arrives Boulogne, FranceArrives with the Battalion to the Continent for active duty in Flanders. He is a member of “C” Company.
March 4, 1916Appointed Lance-CorporalAppointed to the rank of Lance-Corporal as Acting/Sergeant C.P. Smith was promoted.
May 29, 1916Submits WillHe leaves his entire estate to his father.
June 6, 1916Promoted SergeantPromoted Sergeant as Sergeant R. Cunningham killed.
July 6, 1916Resubmits WillLeaves real and estate property to his father, Angus Rorie Morrison. It is witness by Harry Ashton and A. Brown, both of “C” Company.
February 1, 1917Assigns PayAssigns $25.00 per month to his father, A.R. Morrison.
September 17, 1916WoundedWounded and admitted to 3rd General Hospital. He then takes the Hospital Ship St. Denis to England. He was wounded on the second day after the beginning of operations with the 18th Battalion at the Somme during the actions of the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. It is most likely he was wounded on September 16, 1916 as there is a notation in the War Diary about soldiers being wounded that day. The Battalion was relieved and moved back to the “Brickfields” on the 17th.
September 23, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to Military Hospital, Chatham, England due to G.S.W. wound to right arm and back.
November 6, 1916DischargedDischarged from Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Shoram-by-Sea.
April 25, 1917Proceeds to Trench Warfare School“Ceases to be attached to 2nd C.C.D. upon proceeding to T.W.S. Crowborough 10.2.17”
July 17, 1917Taken on StrengthT.O.S. 4th Reserve Battalion, Bramshott.
November 8, 1917Proceeds OverseasProceeds overseas to rejoin 18th Battalion.
November 8, 1917Arrives Canadian Infantry Base DepotArrives C.I.B.D. at Etaples, France and T.O.S. with 18th Battalion with the rank of Sergeant.
November 13, 1917Arrives Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp 
November 20, 1917Arrives 18th BattalionArrives in the field with the 18th Battalion. He arrives just after the engagement at Passchendaele.
December 10, 1917Promoted Company Sergeant MajorPromoted C.S.M. as A/CoSM W.W. Herd relinquished appointment. On the same day he is promoted Warrant Officer (Class II) As C.S.M. Hessey in invalided to England.
April 2, 1918Killed in ActionThe day prior to C.S.M. Morrison’s death found the 18th Battalion moving into the front-line relieving the 21st Battalion at Neuville Vitasse. They found the trenches inadequate for protection and the war diary entry on this date relates”



“Position as shown yesterday. There was no shelters in any of the trenches for the men, so funk holes were dug and improved as opportunities occurred.


In answer to S.O.S. on our left flank we opened up a heavy barrage on Enemy front and support lines, which drew retaliation from the enemy. We suffered several casualties. Lieut. G.N. TUCKER being wounded. 3 ors. killed in action. 30 wounded.


Owing to erratic shelling by the enemy it was impossible to keep telegraphic communication with each company but this communication was kept up with Brigade H.Q. with the exception of short intervals. Communication to companies was done by Runners working at night but some dangerous trips were made during daylight, part of the way being overland in direct view of the enemy, and over ground continually swept by M.G. fire.”

Post April 2, 1918InterredCompany Sergeant Major (W.O. II) is interred at Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere. He lies with 430 other men the United Kingdom and Canada. He is not alone as he has 11 other 18th Battalion soldiers interred at this cemetery.
May 23, 1921Scroll DespatchedScroll No. Z44779 despatched. To Mr. A.R. Morrison, R.R. #1, East Kingston, New Hampshire.
September 26, 1921Plaque DespatchedPlaque No. P8835 despatched. To Mr. A.R. Morrison, R.R. #1, East Kingston, New Hampshire.
UnknownMedals and DecorationsTo Mr. A.R. Morrison, R.R. #1, East Kingston, New Hampshire.

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

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