Martin Morrison was born in Badcall Inchard Kinlochbervie in 1922, son of
Angus Mackay of Port Vasgo, Melness, and Johan Sutherland Morrison. He was
employed as a labourer on the Loch Erribol road, prior to the outbreak of the
Second World War.
He was called up into the Army, serving as a
driver in the Royal Army Service Corps during the North African campaign, then
into Sicily and the allied invasion of Italy in September 1943. The Royal Army
Service Corps was responsible for the re-supply of troops in every area of the
battlefield, including the front line. Trucks from the Army Service Corps
carried all the items required to fight a modern war, from food and petrol to
ammunition and spare parts for armoured vehicles.
At the end of the war in Italy in 1945, the
43rd Transport Company was moved into billets in the town of Bari in Southern
Italy and Martin returned home to Melness on leave. Shortly after he returned
to his unit in Italy he was accidentally shot by a Polish sentry, he died from
his wounds at the age of twenty-four years.
SCOTTISH NATIONAL WAR MEMORIAL
Martin Morrison does not
appear in the Scottish National War Memorial inside Edinburgh Castle because
his death was an accident, occurring after the hostilities had ended in Italy.
The war in Italy ended on the 5 of May 1945 with a cease-fire, any
soldier killed or dying after that date was not recorded as a casualty of the
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES
Morrison Driver M. T/14247106. 43rd General Transport Company
Royal Army Service Corps. Died 21 of July 1946. Age 24. Son of
Angus and Johan Mackay of Port Vasgo, Sutherlandshire. Plot XI. Row F. Grave
Driver Martin Morrison
14247106 Royal Army Service Corps is buried in a war grave at BARI WAR CEMETERY,