CHARLES GARDNER MORRISON

 Service: British Indian Army

Regiment/Service: 2nd Battalion, 6th Rajputana Rifles
Rank: Second Lieutenant

Service No: EC/1318

Second Lieutenant Charles Gardner Morrison was born in 1915 in Eastwood, son of Hector and Ethel Mary Morrison, 19 Sunningdale Avenue, Newton Mearns and attended the High School of Glasgow from 1926 to 1931. He joined the staff of the Union Bank of Scotland on leaving school. In 1935 he transferred to the National Bank of India and remained in their London office for two years before going to the Calcutta Branch in 1937. He joined the 2/6th Rajputana Rifles early in 1940 and served in India and Iraq. 25th August 1941, the day he was killed, was the day of the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran. Second Lieutenant Morrison was killed when A Company, which he commanded, landed at Abadan in the face of heavy machine gun fire. His company continued to advance and soon captured the enemy post. Abadan is just across the Shatt al-Arab waterway from Basra. In a six day campaign British and Indian casualties were 22 killed and 42 wounded. Second Lieutenant Morrison was buried in Basra War Cemetery - grave reference - 7.B.2. He is commemorated on the War Memorial of the 28th Glasgow (Giffnock) Scout Group and the High School of Glasgow War Memorial.

                                 

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