Seaman DONALD MORRISON
Last address in Lewis: 8 Mangersta,
Son of John and Annie Morrison, of Breanish, Stornoway;
Husband of Annie Maciver (nee Morrison), of Crowlista, Stornoway.
Service unit: Royal Naval Reserve, HMS Jason
Service number: 1448C
Date of birth: 1868
Date of death: 3 April 1917 at the age of 49
Drowned following scuttling of ship by U-10
Memorial: Chatham Naval Memorial, panel 26,
Local memorial: Uig, Timsgarry
Donald appears in the 1871 census at 31 Brenish, aged 2, the son of John (34) and Ann (38) Morrison. A decade later, the family has grown to include Mary (7), Angus (5), Chirsty (3) and Catherine (2 months).
His brother Malcolm also served in the RNR but survived the war.
Lost in mining of ship
Another of our brave seamen has
“crossed the bar”. He leaves a widow to mourn his loss and to his old
widowed mother (who is still living) his death will be a very sore blow
indeed. Donald, by his wit and humour, would keep any company he
happened to be in in merry mood. In his dealings with his fellow-men, he
was said to be as straight as a die. He will be greatly missed, not
only in his own village, but in the neighbouring township where he was
so well known and admired.