Name: James Morrison


Birth Date: 1887 Where: Scotland
Died: Where:
Place of Enlistment: Blackboy Hill Age: 28
Serial Number: 469 Battalion: 28th
Rank on Enlistment: Private Rank on Discharge/Death:Private

Awards: 1914 - 15 Star, British War Medal 1914 - 1920, Victory Medal,


Photograph Morrison

 Service Details:



4 March, 1915

1915                      Enlisted Perth, WA, Blackboy Hill Training camp

9 June

1915                      Embarked from Fremantle


1915                      Embarked Egypt

10 Sept. – 12 Dec.

1915                      Gallipoli

21 March

1916                      France

6/7 June

1916                      Trench Raid

29 July – 27 Aug.

1916                      Pozieres (Sausage Valley)

4 August

1916                      Pozieres

6 September

1916                      Belgium


1916                      Ypres and Dernacourt

3 November

1916                      Battle of Ancres Heights & Fricourt


1917                      Warlencourt


1917                      Attack on Malt Trench


1917                      Battle of Bullecourt (Hindenburg Line)


1917                      Bapaume


1917                      Cassel

18 September

1917                      Ypres


1917                      Broodseine & Passchendale

23 October

1917                      Promoted Corporal

26 October

1917                      Battle of Passchendale (Ypres)


1917                      Red Lodge

7 April

1918                      Dernacourt

20 April

1918                      Ville Sur-Ancre


1918                      Morlancourt

8 June

1918                      Wounded and remained at duty

27 June

1918                      Villers-Bretonneux

8 August

1918                      Battle of Amiens

29 August

1918                      Somme

2 Sept

1918                      Mont St. Quentin

11 November

1918                      Armistice

28 March

1919                      Discharged in London




Biographical Details:

James Morrison was born in Doune, Scotland, in 1887, one of nine children of Parents Peter Morrison, who died in 1918, and Anne Auld.
Although he had an uncle (his mother’s brother) living in Perth there is no information on when and how James arrived in Australia. He enlisted at Blackboy Hill Training Camp in May, 1915. At the time James was employed as a railway worker.
James served with the 7th Brigade in Gallipoli until he was hospitalised, with dysentery, in November. He rejoined his Battalion in Malta in March 1916.
On the June Trench Raid, James was designated as one of the four stretcher bearers. Presumably by oversight, James was one of only two of the 73 Black ANZACs whose service record was not marked Took part in raid on enemy trenches …
With the rest of the Raiders James was given special leave in England. He took the opportunity to visit his home town with fellow Raider John McHugh who was killed in 1917.
In December 1916 James was charged with Conduct to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline in that he was in Vigracourt improperly dressed. He was awarded 48 hours F.P. No. 2.
James was fortunate to survive the next two years of the war without serious wounds.  In that time he was given leave to England on three occasions and Paris once.
It is very likely that, on one of those furloughs, it was James who organised the memorial headstone for Duncan McLeod on behalf of the 28th Battalion.
In March 1918 James was promoted Corporal.
James had strong family ties in Scotland and in 1909 had been Captain of a successful Doune Football Team. It is not surprising that in March 1919 James asked to be discharged in London. Although his Discharge Certificate shows his intended place of residence as Oakfield Farm, Hitchin. Herts, he returned to  Doune.
In 1922 James married Annie Baird.  They had three children, all of whom emigrated to different countries and have since died. James died in 1941 on the family farm which then passed to his brother.