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William Richard Kimmitt Morrison

MORRISON; William Richard Kimmitt. Commanding Officer 1 NZ Regt 57/59.

MORRISON; William Richard Kimmitt 

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Richard Kimmitt AWMM
  • Surname
    Morrison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Kim AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 26294 AWMM
    • WWII 402207 AWMM
    • 30041 Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 25 January 2020 - London Gazette 14Jun60 pg4146
    • 30041 Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 4 February 2020 -
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 January 1914 AWMM Te AwamutuWaikato AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Army Department, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr W.M. Morrison (father), C/o Union Bank of Australia Ltd, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
      DSO citation: "On the night 21/22 March 1943 Major Morrison was commanding a supporting company during the attack on Point 201. The forward companies of the Battalion had reached the minefield in front of the enemy forward defence lines and were held up by, and suffering casualties from, heavy fire from automatic weapons firing on fixed lines. Major Morrison made a quick appreciation of the situation and acting on his own initiative led his company through the minefield and outflanking the enemy position at that point, effectively silencing the guns and permitting the rest of the Battalion to resume its advance. This officer's actions throughout all operations have been characterised by a complete disregard for his own safety. His qualities of courage and leadership have been of the highest order and an inspiration to all who have come in contact with him." (NZ Gazette, 21 September 1944) AWMM
    • Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
    • General Service Medal 1918-62 (Malaya clasp) AWMM
    • Coronation Medal 1953 AWMM
    • Silver Jubilee Medal 1977 AWMM
    • Officer of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) - 14Jun60 Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 29 January 2020 -
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MID) - 28Apr59 (1 NZ Regt) would expect the "oak leaf" to be on the GSM "Malaya"... Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 12 August 2020 -

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Royal Military College, Duntroon, 1939 AWMM
    • Staff College, Haifa AWMM
    • Joint Services College, United Kingdom AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Soldier/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 26 April 1941 near Tripolis, Greece AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded again in WW2, details unknown AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Lieutenant/Military AWMM
      Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR), 1st Battalion AWMM
    • Lieutenant Colonel - Commanding Officer 1 NZ Regt 1957/59, Malayan Emergency. Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 25 January 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks history
    • Brigadier Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 4 February 2020 - Brass Plaque headstone on grave
    • Kim was never in, "Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR), 1st Battalion" (estab 1Apr64) Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 7 February 2020 -

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William Morrison and Elsie (nee Bentley); married Phyllis Betty Anne Jones (daughter of Rev R E Jones) in 1943. Father of three sons.

    Educated at Waihopai School, Invercargill and Timaru Boys High School

    Working with Dalgety's prior to enlisting in New Zealand Regular Army (New Zealand Staff Corps) by special entry, RMC, Duntroon in 1939.General Staff Officer grade 3 (GSO 3) of 2 NZ Division, January-February 1942.

    GSO 3 of General Headquarters (GHQ) of Middle East Force (MEF), February-April 1942.

    GSO 2 (Ops) of GHQ MEF, April-August 1942.

    Served at Army HQ, Wellington, 1944-1945.

    Staff Duntroon, 1946-48.

    Commandant of Army Schools, 1953-54.

    Commanding Officer (CO) of 1 NZ Regiment, Malaya, 1947-59.

    Commander of 4 Brigade, 1960.

    Commandant of Waiouru Camp, 1960-62.

    Commander of Fiji Military Forces, 1963-66.

    Commander of SMD and 3 Infantry Brigade, 1966-69.

    Served as Hon. Colonel with 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, Vietnam, 1969-72.

    Patron of 1 NZ Regiment Association. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 July 2001 AWMM
    Age 87 AWMM
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12 August 2020RoscoeNZResearcher
29 January 2020RoscoeAotearoaResearcher
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