World War 2 (1939 - 1945)

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Charles Gardner Morrison

Service: British Indian Army
Regiment: 2nd Battalion 6th Rajputana Rifles*
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Service No: EC/1318

Charles Gardner Morrison was born in 1915 in Eastwood, son of Hector and Ethel Mary Morrison, 19 Sunningdale Avenue, Newton Mearns and attended the High School of Glasgow from 1926 to 1931. He joined the staff of the Union Bank of Scotland on leaving school. In 1935 he transferred to the National Bank of India and remained in their London office for two years before going to the Calcutta Branch in 1937. He joined the 2/6th Rajputana Rifles early in 1940 and served in India and Iraq. 25 August 1941, the day he was killed, aged 26, was the day of the Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran. Second Lieutenant Morrison was killed when A Company, which he commanded, landed at Abadan in the face of heavy machine gun fire. His company continued to advance and soon captured the enemy post. Abadan is just across the Shatt al-Arab waterway from Basra. In a six-day campaign, British and Indian casualties were 22 killed and 42 wounded.

Charles was buried in Basra War Cemetery - Grave reference - 7.B.2 and is commemorated on the War Memorial of the 28th Glasgow (Giffnock) Scout Group and the High School of Glasgow War Memorial.

 


 *The 6th Rajputana Rifles were an infantry regiment of the British Indian Army. They were formed in 1922, after the Indian government reformed the army. They moved away from single battalion regiments to multi battalion regiments. The 2nd Battalion was previously the 120th Rajputana Infantry.


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