Clifford Vivian MORRISON

MORRISON, Clifford Vivian

Service Number: 68845
Enlisted: 20 July 1918, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
Born: Stanley, Victoria, 23 August 1897
Home Town: Beechworth, Indigo, Victoria
Schooling: Beechworth State School & Swinburne Technical College
Occupation: Teacher (tech drawing & art master)
Died: Pneumonic influenza, Fremantle, Western Australia, 15 December 1918, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Rockingham Cemetery, Western Australia
Portion Presbyterian, Grave No 10
Memorials: Beechworth War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

20 Jul 1918: Enlisted AIF WW1, Sydney, New South Wales
22 Oct 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 68845, 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements
22 Oct 1918: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 68845, 1st to 17th (VIC) Reinforcements, HMAT Boonah, Adelaide

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"Clifford Vivian Morrison was born at Stanley, Victoria, in September, 1897. His father was the late Mr. James Morrison. His mother lives at 92 Young-street, Redfern, Sydney, and a brother, Mr. J. J. Morrison, at 440 Pt. Nepean-road, Brighton. After an elementary-school education at Beechworth, Clifford Morrison attended the Beechworth High School and the Swinburne Technical College, Glenferrie. Later, he became third master at the Footscray Technical School.

Enlisting in 1918, he was sent abroad on the Boonah, which, it will be remembered, was recalled from Durban on account of the Armistice. Pneumonic influenza broke out on the homeward voyage. Private Morrison was attacked, but was convalescent when the boat reached Western Australia. He was transferred to the Quarantine Station, took a relapse, and died on the 15th of December.

As a teacher, Mr. Morrison won the highest regard of his students and fellow-workers. Mr. Hoadley, principal of the Footscray Technical School, says he was in every way an admirable assistant. From 1915 to 1918, he had charge of nearly all the junior art classes—teaching solid geometry, freehand and model drawing, and modelling, and instructing the night classes in trade drawing. He was in his spare time diligently pursuing his own higher education in building and architecture at the Working Men's College, and drawing and painting at the Melbourne Art Gallery. He was second in charge of the school cadets. The Fitzroy Technical College mourned the loss of an able and conscientious teacher, and the staff of a good friend."

Died in the Woodman Point Quarantine Station

"...63845 Private Clifford Vivian Morrison, 15th General Service Reinforcements of Footscray, Victoria. A school teacher prior to enlisting, he embarked from Adelaide aboard HMAT Boonah (A36) on 22 October 1918. During the voyage to Perth, WA, he contracted pneumonic influenza and died in the quarantine station, Woodmans Point, WA on 15 December 1918, aged 21. He is buried in the Rockingham Cemetery, Western Australia." - SOURCE (