Lieutenant Donald W. Morrison
SAC 1903-1905

Lieutenant Donald Whitcombe Morrison was born August 23, 1895, son of Charles E. and Myla Whitcombe Morrison of 91 Heath St West, Toronto, Ontario. He attended St. Andrew's College from 1903 to 1905; the Howe Military School, Indiana; and University College, University of Toronto from 1915 to 1916, where he was a member of Beta Theta Phi and the COTC.

He enlisted on May 13, 1916 at the Toronto Exhibition Camp with the 213 Overseas Battalion of the Canadian expeditionary Force and indicated previous service with the Howe Military School and as a Lieutenant with the 10th Royal Grenadiers. 

Morrison joined the 213th American Battalion and served with them at Camp Borden. When his unit was broken up, he paid his own passage to England in February 1917 and joined the 12th Reserve Battalion.

In October of that year Morrison had been posted to the 3rd Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment and served with them through the battles of Hill 70 and Passchendaele. He was killed in action at Bois Gentelles, France on August 8, 1918 at the age of 21 years while serving as battalion Lewis gun office on the first day of the battle of Amiens. He is buried in the Toronto Cemetery, France (Grave Reference: C. 2.)

  • Copy of Officer Declaration Paper (National Archives)
  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for Donald Morrison. This page includes a link to his commemoration on Page 474 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.