Captain Robert McKenzie Morison

Biography of Captain Robert McKenzie Morison

Robert McKenzie Morison was born in Greenock, Renfrewshire on 8th October 1882. He lived at 23 Brisbane Street before moving to 19 Park Road, Glasgow whilst at University. His father, John Morison, was an accountant and house factor. Robert attended Greenock Academy on Nelson Street as a young boy before enrolling at the University to practice Medicine.

He enrolled at the University of Glasgow in 1899 at the age of 17 to study for an MA. His classes included Latin, Greek and Mathematics, all of which he passed on the first attempt. After graduating on 5th November 1903 he continued at the University, studying for an MBChB, and taking Zoology, Chemistry and Anatomy as his classes. His academic excellence continued, passing all these classes at first attempt also. Robert graduated with a medical degree on 18th December 1908 and won many class prizes for mathematics and zoology.

Upon graduating, Robert began work as a house surgeon in the Greenock Infirmary, also working as an assistant medical officer to the Why House Asylum and for the Glasgow Fever Hospitals. Robert was married to Catherine Louise Bull in 1917 but entered the war shortly after this.

Robert served with the Serbian Red Cross when the war began, during this time he received the Order of the St. Sava from the Kingdom of Serbia for his efforts. This position led to a brief period of captivity by the Bulgars after which he was sent home to recover from consequential ill health. Upon his improvement Robert gained a temporary Lieutenant position in the RAMC moving to the Blackpool Training Centre on 1st June 1916. Robert was promoted to Captain after a year service and drafted to Egypt, holding a position at the 78th General Hospital. Once again he became ill due to the strenuous conditions he was working under. Once recovered he travelled with his unit to the Palestinian lines of Communication, returning to the 78th General Hospital some time after.

Ultimately, Robert was placed at the 31st Combined Clearing Hospital in Aleppo and held a position in charge of fever patients. This was his last medical position as he caught typhus fever briefly after and did not recover, dying on 8th May 1919 at the age of 36. He is buried in the Beirut War Cemetery.

An obituary from the Glasgow Medical Journal may be seen here


Captain Robert McKenzie Morison
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MA MB ChB
Awards: Serbian Red Cross, Serbian Order of St Sava
Comments: Died of fever 8 May 1919
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/806
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/194


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