Morrison, Lieutenant Douglas George

No 68 (Australian) Sqn RFC

Douglas Morrison came from Kilmore, Victoria, where he was born on 8 May 1895. His father was the Commissioner of the Victorian Public Service and he was commissioned in the AMF Infantry. On 4 October 1916, he gave up being an Orchardist and joined No 2 Sqn AFC in Melbourne. He departed from Melbourne on HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October. On arrival in England he commenced pilot training with No 49 Reserve Sqn RFC in January 1917, from which he emerged in May, after which he received further training before he was promoted to Lieutenant in late September. He flew DH 5 A9242 from England to Baizieux on the Western Front with No 68 (Australian) Sqn on 22 September.

On 29 October 1917 he died of wounds received on 13 October while flying DH 5 A9277, when he was part of a Close Offensive Patrol of five DH 5s. When the Flight was over Quéant he was noticed to be some distance behind the remainder of the formation. Lt R W McKenzie flew back in an effort to pick him up, but four Albatros scouts reached Lt Morrison first, and he was shot down. Ltn Hans Staats of Jasta 12 claimed his only victory of the War - he died in a collision on 6 March 1918. The DH5 fell in No Mans’ Land, and Lt Morrison was rescued by infantrymen from the 13th Bn, London Regiment, and taken to a Casualty Clearing Station, and later to hospital. He was the squadron’s first fatal casualty.

Lt D G Morrison is buried in Grave VII C 19 at Grevillers British Cemetery, France.

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