Morrison, Frederick William

Morrison, Frederick William (Frederick)


Machine Gun Corps

Died by drowning on Monday 8 August 1921 (aged 24)


Bangor New Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, Co Down (Plot 196; currently no headstone)


First Bangor Presbyterian Church (served)

Bloomfield Presbyterian Church (served)


Frederick William Morrison was born on 6 March 1897 at 1 Elm Grove, Castlereagh, Belfast, and he was a son of William and Alice (sometimes Elsie) Morrison (nee Jellie).  Both of his parents worked as National School teachers, and they were married on 8 July 1891 in Killinchy Parish Church of Ireland Church.  William Morrison, a teacher from Belfast, was a son of Samuel Morrison, a teacher.  Alice Jellie, a teacher from Carnesure, Comber was a daughter of John Jellie, a teacher.

William and Alice Morrison (nee Jellie) had five children including:

Adelaide Sophia (born 8 January 1896 at 1 Elm Grove, Castlereagh, Belfast)

Frederick William (born 6 March 1897 at 1 Elm Grove, Castlereagh, Belfast)

Samuel McGowan (born 16 October 1898 at 1 Elm Grove, Castlereagh, Belfast; served with the Cheshire Regiment in France, India, and Mesopotamia)

James (Jim, born 21 August 1902 at 1 Elm Grove, Castlereagh, Belfast)

Frederick William Morrison was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) and in September 1914 he joined the Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) at Queens University Belfast (QUB).  In 1915 Frederick William Morrison was working for the Bank of Ireland in Sligo when he joined the Army. His home address at that time was recorded as 1 Cypress Park, Bloomfield, Belfast.

Second Lieutenant Frederick William Morrison served with the North Staffordshire Regiment and then with the Machine Gun Corps.  He landed in France on 19 February 1916 and on 17 July 1916 lost his left arm while serving with the Machine Gun Corps at Messines.  He was transported to the UK for treatment.  He had a further spell of duty in France before returning home and on 27 September 1919 he submitted a request for demobilisation.  At that time, he held the rank of Lieutenant, and his home address was recorded as Fernleigh, Windsor Avenue, Bangor.  He gave as the reason for his request the fact that he wanted to go to Trinity College Dublin to study law.  His resignation from the Army was accepted.

On 28 January 1921 ex-Lieutenant Frederick William Morrison joined the Auxiliary Division of the Royal Irish Constabulary (ADRIC) as a Temporary Cadet (No. 1613).  He worked as an Intelligence Officer in Dublin before being posted to County Roscommon, then back to Dublin.

On 20 May 1921 Frederick William Morrison resigned from the ADRIC and lived in Bangor with his parents during June and July.  He returned to Dublin to complete revision for his Bar examinations, and it was reported in the Press that, prior to his death, ‘he had written cheery letters to his parents’.

Frederick William Morrison died on 8 August 1921 in Jervis Street Hospital, Dublin.  Described as a ‘law student’ the cause of his death was recorded as ‘immersion in the Liffey’, and it was noted that an inquest had been held.

Following services at home and at the graveside, Frederick William Morrison was buried in Plot 196, Bangor New Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor.  Assisted by other clergy, the services were conducted by the Rev W J Currie of First Bangor Presbyterian Church.

Currently (2022) there is no headstone on his grave.  It has been said that, originally, his grave had a metal railing around it, but this was removed during the 1970s and not replaced.  His name may have been recorded on that railing.

Both Frederick and Samuel Morrison are commemorated in First Bangor Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour as having served in the Great War.