Alfred Samuel Morrison





Feb 9, 1873

According to Attestation papers signed in 1914 he was born at Montreal Quebec, but on the papers signed in 1900 he states that he was born in London England


Jan 10, 1900

Attested into 2nd CMR (Canadian Mounted Rifles) at Regina, North West Territories 

Ø      Number 210

Ø      Next of kin given as father of 1 Beachwood Cottage, Sanford Lane, Stoke Newington, London England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Blacksmith

Ø      Previous military experience given as – Colour Sgt, 90th Battalion, Winnipeg Rifles (Volunteers)

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jan 27, 1900

Embarked the SS Pomeranian at Halifax Nova Scotia



Feb 26, 1900

Disembarked at Cape Town, South Africa


Dec 13, 1900

Embarked the SS Roslin Castle at Cape Town



Jan 8, 1901

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia 

There is an undated discharge certificate from the Canadian Special Service Forces (Canadian Mounted Rifles) showing credit for the Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps – Johannesburg – Diamond Hill – Cape Colony – Orange Free State


Dec 20, 1901

Letter written to Militia Headquarters enquiring about delivery of Queen’s Medal with clasps


Dec 30, 1901

Letter from Adjutant General written to confirm that the medal in question is enclosed.  This letter was addressed to 111 Claremont Street, Toronto Ontario


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Birth place given as Montreal Quebec (at odds with the declaration filed on application for service in the CMR)

Ø      Next of kin given as Eda May Morrison (wife) of Cobourg Ontario

o       Wife’s first name is also spelled as Edna and Edith in other parts of the file

Ø      Previous occupation given as Expert Mechanic

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1st CMR in South Africa and 20 years Canadian service

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Nov 10, 1914

Posted to the General List


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sanding Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Mar 19, 1916

Attached to the 4th TMB (Trench Mortar Battery)


Jun 9, 1916

Appointed to Command the 4th Trench Mortar Battery and is granted Temporary rank of Captain while so employed


Nov 11, 1916

SOS 21st Battalion on transfer to HQ CTD (Canadian Training Depot Headquarters) 

Relinquishes rank of Acting Captain


Nov 13, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Nov 14, 1916

Reported to 39th Reserve Battalion in England with a view to obtaining leave to Canada


Nov 22, 1916

Granted leave in Canada until January 22, 1917


Nov 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Missanabie



Jan 2, 1917

Mentioned In Despatches, London Gazette #29890


Jan 22, 1917

Leave extended to February 21, 1917 

Transferred to 6th Reserve Battalion


Feb 21, 1917

Leave extended to March 20, 1917


Mar 20, 1917

SOS the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on being retained in Canada


Mar 27, 1917

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario notes 

Ø      Has recovered from Furunculosis (boils) and Scabies (skin infection)

Ø      He is asthmatic and has dyspnoea (shortness of breath)

Ø      Officer is nervous and neurotic tendency is permanent

Ø      Recommended for service in Canada only


May 22, 1917

TOS 1st Reinforcing Draft of 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario


Jun 7, 1917

Considered for pension by Board of Pension Commissioners for Canada


Jun 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF


Feb 16, 1918

Post Discharge pay sent to 173 Stewart St., Peterboro Ontario


Oct 22, 1927

British War Medal and Victory Medal were signed for by AS Morrison at 1113 St Lawrence Ave., Niagara Falls Ontario


Jan 2, 1940



Union Cemetery
Cobourg ON


May 31, 1940

The medals card in the file indicates that a Memorial Cross was sent to his widow, Mrs Edna Morrison, at 76 Arundel Ave., Toronto Ontario 


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