B64213 Lance Sergeant George Wilfred Morrison was born on 21 July 1916 in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Henry “Harry” Charles Morrison and Emma Selina “Lena” Clark. His father served in the Boer War and the First World War (75th Battalion CEF.)
He had four sisters and two brothers. His brother Herbert who had also served for six months with The Queen’s Own Rifles 1939-1940, enlisted with the Royal Regiment of Canada and was killed in action at the Battle of Dieppe in August 1942.
Morrison attended Cottingham St Public School but left school at age 15. He was employed as a bicycle mechanic at the G. Elliot Hotel when he enlisted.
He enlisted with The Queen’s Own Rifles active service battalion on 21 June 1940 in Toronto. He trained at Camp Borden and Sussex, New Brunswick and served on “W” Force in Newfoundland (where he was treated for scabies), before arriving in Scotland with the Regiment in July 1941.
On 11 January 1941, Morrison married Miss Opal Arlene Robinson.
He was appointed Lance Corporal and Acting Corporal in January 1942, confirmed as Corporal in June of the same year, and appointed Acting Lance Sergeant in September 1943 and Lance Sergeant in November.
Lance Sergeant Morrison landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944 and was killed in action, at age 27. He is buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, grave reference I. C. 10.