To honour those who served their country

“In this their finest hour”

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Lance Bombardier

William Morrison

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1919/09/07 - Born Ballymoney, Ireland

Son of John and Isabella Morrison

Royal Artillery

11/3 Heavy Anti Aircraft Regiment

 

Japanese PoW

PoW No. IV 13606

Japanese Index Card - Side One

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Japanese Index Card - Side Two

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Nissyo Maru

1942/04/04 - Oversea in Nissyo Maru to Saigon, French Indo-China with 1118 PoWs (All Ranks) called ‘Saigon Battalion’

Commander Lt-Col. Frances Edgar Hugonin’s Party (Awarded OBE 1946/09/12)

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1942/04/09 - Arrived Saigon with half the PoWs down with dysentery because of the bad conditions on board the Nissyo Maru

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Worked on docks unloading cargo

Escapes:- Baxter & Cassidy. Strong rumours in the camp that they were captured after 36 hours of freedom, brought back to Saigon and executed.

 

1943/06/22 - Transported overland to Thailand with 700 PoWs under Lt-Col. Hugonin

Steamer from Saigon to Mekong River, where they were barged across to Phnom Penh. There followed a very long 400 mile train journey to Bangkok.

1943/06/29 - No. 2 Jungle camp Kinsaiyok (Camp Ldr. Hugonin)

PoW No. IV 43436

Lt-Col. Hugonin protested to the Japanese about the shortage of food. They threatened to shoot him if he protested again but he stood firm. He was well respected by the men under him.

1943/07/24 -  Kinsaiyok. (Camp Commander Lt. Col. Lilley)(159km from Nong Pladuk)

 

 1944/07/14 - Transported to River Valley Camp, Singapore

 

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1944/09/04 - Oversea to Japan in Kachidoki Maru, Japan Party 3.

With 900 PoWs

1944/09/12 - Attacked by the USS Pampanito submarine near East Hainan Island and sunk. All those who survived the sinking jumped within the first 10 minutes of the Kachidoki Maru being hit. William did not make it.

 

Died

Age 24

1944/09/12

 

Loved Ones

Son of John and Isabella Morrison, of Seacon, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland

 

Memorial

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Column 10.

Singapore Memorial

 

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Pacific Star

War Medal

1939-1945 Star

 

Information

Lauren Morrison

Japanese Transport

Thailand Burma Railway

Kachidoki Maru

Commonwealth War Grave Commission

KEW Files:- WO 361/1742, WO 361/1987, WO 361/2169, WO 361/2062, WO 361/2057, WO 361/2068, WO 392/25, WO 361/2186, WO 361/2005, WO 345/37,

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