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William Richard Kimmitt Morrison



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Richard Kimmitt AWMM
  • Surname
    Morrison AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Kim AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 26294 AWMM
    • Malaya 30041 AWMM
    • 402207 AWMM
  • 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 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


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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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

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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.

    Photo of Lt Col W.R.K. Morrison in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Nyasa Camp, Malaya 1958)

    Photo of Lt Col W.R.K. Morrison in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Sobraon Camp, Malaya 1959)

    Photo of Lt Col W.R.K. Morrison in The Warrant Officers & Senior NCOs, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Nyasa Camp, Malaya 1958)

    Photo of Lt Col W.R.K. Morrison in I.N.Z. Regiment, WOs & SGTs (Sabroan Camp, Taiping, Perak 1958 - 1959) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    10 July 2001 RSA Last Post/Cemetery Record
    Age 87 AWMM
    RSA Last Post/Cemetery Record
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Manukau Memorial , Papatoetoe, Auckland AWMM Ash AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 339 AWMM
    • New Zealand, World War II Appointments, Promotions, Transfers and Resignations, 1939–1945. [Extracted from the New Zealand Gazette.] CD-ROM. Ravensbourne, Dunedin, New Zealand: Colonial CD Books, n.d. AWMM
    • The Duntroon Society newsletter AWMM
    • New Zealand Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • Clamp, B., Clamp, D., & 1st Battalion the New Zealand Regiment (1957-59) Association. (2007). 1st battalion the New Zealand regiment (1957-59) association 50th anniversary: the first of the first. B. Clamp. AWMM
    • 1st Battalion - New Zealand Regiment - Historical Records - General, July 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADRC 17588 2/1/1 (R17928162). AWMM
    • 1NZIR Honours and Awards 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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