King Edward’s School and the Great War

Memorial Roll of Honour 1914 - 1918


Morrison, John Woodley

Second Lieutenant ▪ 17th Royal Warwickshire Regiment

John Woodley Morrison, born on 24th April 1891, was admitted to King Edward’s School in September 1904. He lived with his aunt, Edith, and uncle, John, a consulting surgeon, and his two brothers, at 4, Frederick Road, Edgbaston.

The School Lists reveal that John did not excel academically but he does appear once in the School magazine, placing joint third in the cross country run of 1906 with JD Crichton, who later died at Fremicourt in 1918. After School, he worked as a clerk in an insurance office.

In September 1915, John gained a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the 17th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, and was sent to France the following year. He died of his wounds on 30th December 1916, probably on the Somme, aged twenty-five, and is buried in Le Treport Military Cemetery, France.