No. 100645, 134th Army Troops Company, Corps of Royal Engineers
Died of wounds on Wednesday 5 September 1917 (aged 39)
Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium (Grave V. A. 16)
Newtownards and District War Memorial
In the Soldiers Died in the Grear War 1914 – 1918 database it is noted that Robert Morrison was born in Dundonald, lived in Newtownards and enlisted in Belfast. Robert was the only surviving son of John and Elizabeth Morrison (nee Gibson) who lived in Lindsay’s Cottage in the townland of Whitespots, Newtownards.
John Morrison and Elizabeth Gibson were married on 5 March 1872 in Dundonald Presbyterian Church. John Morrison, a farmer from Ballymaglaff, was a son of Samuel Morrison, a farmer. Elizabeth Gibson from Ballymaglaff was a daughter of James Gibson, a farmer.
John and Elizabeth Morrison (nee Gibson) had at least eight children:
Unnamed male child (born 8 January 1873)
Susanna (twin, born 28 March 1875 in Church Quarter, Dundonald; married Charles Neill on 16 September 1903 in Belmont Presbyterian Church, Belfast; their daughter Mary Elizabeth was born 13 September 1904 at 22 Well Street, Belfast)
Mary (twin, born 28 March 1875 in Church Quarter, Dundonald; died of phthisis 30 August 1893 in Church Quarter, Dundonald aged 18)
Unnamed male child (Robert, born 7 March 1878 in Church Quarter, Dundonald)
Margaret (born 15 September 1879 in Church Quarter, Dundonald; died of heart disease 3 January 1891 in Church Quarter, Dundonald aged 10)
Thomas (born 15 October 1883; died of consumption 16 May 1898 in Church Quarter, Dundonald)
Unnamed male child (born 27 April 1885 in Church Quarter, Dundonald; died of debility 2 May 1885 in Church Quarter, Dundonald aged 5 days)
Unnamed female child (Anna, born 17 February 1887 in Church Quarter, Dundonald)
Before the war Robert Morrison worked as a wheelwright and carpenter. In 1911 his address was Victoria Road, Bangor and in 1915 his address was Sandown Road, Ballyhackamore, Belfast. He enlisted on 20 May 1915 and it was noted in his attestation papers that he was 5 feet 8 inches tall.
Sapper Robert Morrison (No. 100645) served with the Corps of Royal Engineers on the Home Front before going to France on 1 February 1916 to work on road and rail construction there.
In January 1917 his skill status was raised from wheelwright to carpenter. He died of wounds on 5 September 1917 at the 61st Casualty Clearing Station in France and his family placed a For King and Country notice in the Newtownards Chronicle. Robert’s death was deeply regretted by ‘his aged father and mother and his only sister.’ He was buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium.
Sapper Robert Morrison (No. 100645) is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and it was his mother who signed the receipt for his medals on 16 September 1921.