Charles Alfred Morrison

Dec 25, 1886

Born in North Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to John and Annie Morrison


Jul 16, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion CEF in Sussex, New Brunswick

Ø  Number 445254

Ø  Next of kin given as Annie Morrison, mother, North Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Ø  Previous occupation given as Fireman

Ø  No previous military history given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to “D” Company

The battalion was training in the Valcartier, Quebec Camp


Jul 26, 1915

Private Morrison proceeded to Valcartier, Quebec to begin his training


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bramshott camp


Nov 12, 1915

Sentenced to 7 days detention for being drunk


Nov 25, 1915

Awarded 2 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent overnight November 24/25 and forfeited 4 days pay


Feb 12, 1916

Awarded 28 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent from Tattoo February 5 and for being late on parade and improperly dressed on February 7


Mar 14, 1916

Fined $5 and sentenced to 7 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being drunk while on the firing range


Apr 5, 1916

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 and fined $5 for being drunk while carrying his weapon at the Sandgate sea front


Apr 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 Reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

After leaving the base depot Private Morrison joined the 21st Battalion in the T & R trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Aug 2, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads infected right foot


Aug 5, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Division Rest Station to continue his recovery


Aug 12, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 CFA and assigned to the Convalescent Company


Aug 17, 1916

Transferred back to the No. 6 CFA and Bronchitis was added to the diagnosis


Aug 27, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Sep 5, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Colchester Military General Hospital

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital.


Sep 26, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe and diagnosis changed to read Tuberculosis of the Lung


Nov 12, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Liverpool



Nov 17, 1916

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec where he was admitted to the Military District #4 Convalescent Home


Nov 30, 1916

Pay assignment started for an un-named wife residing at the Russell Hotel, St. James Street, Montreal, Quebec


Dec 2, 1916

Transferred to the Laurentide Inn Military Hospital


Jan 6, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital in St. Agathe, Quebec


Feb 3, 1917

Transferred to the Montreal Military Convalescent Hospital


Feb 15, 1917

Discharged from the CEF while in hospital

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge St. John, New Brunswick

On application for the War Service Gratuity he claimed his dependent was his mother, Mrs. Annie Morrison, the guardian of his child


Mar 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Nov 28, 1918

Died in Marmora, Ontario of Pulmonary Tuberculosis and buried in the Marmora Roman Catholic Cemetery


Following his death the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Annie Morrison, North Sydney, Nova Scotia

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