Major William Morrison

Service number 628, VX51906, V85780
Ranks Held Corporal, Lieutenant, Major
Birth Date 1895-04-17
Final Rank Major
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit Sea Transport
  • First World War, 1914-1918
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
  • Second World War, 1939-1945
Gazettes Published in London Gazette in 1919-07-11
Published in Commonwealth Gazette in 1919-10-30

William Morrison was born in Wangaratta, Victoria, in 1895. Prior to his enlistment in the First World War, he served for five years in the militia, possibly in the 16 Light Horse. Morrison enlisted in the 4 Australian Light Horse Regiment and also served in the 58 Battalion during the First World War. He served in Gallipoli and in France, and was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig's despatches of 16 March 1919. In the interwar period, Morrison served part time in the 8 Light Horse Regiment (from 1921 to 1940), where he rose to the rank of Major. In March 1941 he enlisted again for service in the Second World War, noting his occupatin as 'civil servant', and served with the 8 Military District New Guinea General Details Depot. He was interned as a prisoner of war at Changi from 1942 to 1945.



Date of birth 17 April 1895
Date of birth 17 April 1895
Date of enlistment 20 August 1914
Date of embarkation 22 December 1914
Date of recommendation honour or award 20 January 1919
Date of recommendation honour or award 31 January 1919
Date of recommendation honour or award 26 February 1919
Date returned to Australia 08 August 1919