Lieutenant Arthur Stanley Morrison

Biography of Lieutenant Arthur Stanley Morrison

Arthur Stanley Morrison was born on 24th May 1890, the only son of lawyer Alexander Fridge Morrison and his wife Sarah. The family home was at 5 Queensborough Gardens, Kelvinside. Arthur came from an academically successful family. His father graduated M.A. from Glasgow University in 1875, and his grandfather, Dr. Donald Morrison, was rector of Glasgow Academy.

When Arthur, or Stanley as he was known, became a pupil at Glasgow Academy, he enhanced the family tradition of academic success. After winning medals in English, Latin and Maths he rounded off his school career as dux in 1907 and took 8th place in the Bursary competition. At the University of Glasgow, his undergraduate record in both Arts and Science at Glasgow from 1907 to 1911 was also notable, not just for the fourteen appearances of his name on the prize list, but for the range of subjects in which he excelled — Maths, Greek, Chemistry, Astronomy, Nat.Phil. and Political Economy. He graduated with a First Class Honours M.A. in Maths and Nat.Phil. in 1911, at the same time earning the double qualification of an Honours B.Sc. with an unusual triple distinction in Maths, Nat.Phil. and Astronomy.

Arthur was part of a particularly competitive year. The Logan gold medal for the best graduate was awarded to four outstanding contenders — Arthur Stanley Morrison, Andrew Browning, who became a distinguished Professor of History at Glasgow, Matthew Robieson, and Annie Conway. The three young men in the group fulfilled the promise they had shown in the 1907 Bursary Competition, when each of them was placed in the top eight. Stanley was, it seemed, destined for an academic career and he took the first steps in Germany, spending the summers of 1913 and 1914 at Gottingen University, furthering his study of Maths before returning to Glasgow University as an assistant to the Professor of Mathematics.

On 6th January 1916 he was gazetted Second Lieutenant to the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1918 he left for France, where he served with the 336th Siege Battery. These were units equipped with the heavy Howitzer guns that rained fire on installations and men behind enemy lines. Lieutenant Morrison was killed in action on the 23rd August 1918 during the opening phase of the 100 Days Offensive which led to the end of the war. Aged 28, he was buried at Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleuval, south of Arras.


Lieutenant Arthur Stanley Morrison
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery
Degree: MA BSc
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action 23 August 1918
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/811, 1151
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/193


University of Glasgow Registry R8/5/28/6-9 and General Council Records

University of Glasgow ROH Ch 4/4/2/3/811,1151

CWGC Debt of Honour

Glasgow Academy ROH

London Gazette 12th January 1916

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