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Awarded the Military Medal

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Awarded the Military Medal

I got a medal for (inaudible). We were told that this trench was only short, it had to be held at all costs and there was seven of us to hold it, five on the right and two of us on the left. And I had the best machine gunner in the battalion with me and they put down a smoke screen. When they came out of this smoke screen, my buddy just cut them right down and the fellows on the right when they saw the smoke screen, they ran back and if we had fallen back we would have lost the trench.

Mr. Morrison discusses the event that led to his being awarded the Military Medal; successfully holding a critical position against a German smoke screen and attack.

Alex Morrison

Mr. Morrison was born March 17, 1897. His father had a men's wear store in Sydney, NS. He started working with his father when he was a boy of eight years. He enlisted in 1916 at the age of 19. He trained at Aldershot, Nova Scotia for 6 months, then left Canada from Halifax bound for England. He was on the 13th voyage of the SS Olympic and eventually arrived in Liverpool. He proceeded to Whitley Camp for further training and was held there for a year until he turned 21. Mr. Morrison was then moved to France in February, 1918. He took part in battles at Amiens, Cambrai and Mons. At the end of the war, he returned to Canada, arriving in February 1919. He returned to work with his father in his men's wear store for three years before joining the work force in the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
February 2, 1999
Person Interviewed:
Alex Morrison
War, Conflict or Mission:
First World War
25th Nova Scotia Rifles
Platoon Officer

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