Robert MORRISON [1884-1983] | Gwulo: Old Hong Kong

Robert MORRISON [1884-1983]

Birthplace (town, state): 
Birthplace (country): 
c.1983-04-01 (Day is approximate)
Cause of death: 
Natural Causes

Interned at Sham Shui Po camp during WW2, Corporal in the No 2 Company (Scottish) HKVDC.

Boilermaker by trade, Foreman at HK & Whampoa Shipyard. Lived at 4 Inverness Terrace, Hong Kong Dockyard

Wife - Margaret Malcolm (nee Haugh)

Daughter - Elsy Sharp

Emigrated to Hong Kong on 14 Sept 1928, moved back to the UK in the 1960s.

Paternal great grandfather of author


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He's mentioned in the Jurors Lists from 1929 to 1941:

c Morrison Robert Boilermaker H.K.& Whampoa Dock Co., Ld   On premises

The 'On premises' means he lived in company housing. These notes about Inverness Terrace and the surrounding houses show it was a great place to live.

Here's his entry in the list of POWs:

Morrison R HKVDC Corporal 4200

How interesting, I never met the man but I heard lots of stories from his daughter (my grandmother)

My dad said he had a complex about food for the rest of his life - understandably - after having spent a lot of the war at Shamshuipo 


First Name: Robert

Surname: Morrison 

DOB: 14/08/1894

Birth Town: Glasgow

Nationality: British

Date of Capture: 25/12/1941

Date of Liberation: 05/09/1945

Rank: Corporal

POW Camp: Shamshuipo

Service Number: 4200

Duty Location: Hongkong

Next of Kin: Wife: Mrs R. Robinson, 52 Roscoe Street, Bondi, New South Wales

Service: British Army 

Primary Unit: Hong Kong Volunteer Defence Corps

Archive Reference: Ron Bridge's Collection and WO392/25

Campaign Medals: 1939-1945 Star and War Medal 1939-1945


The next of kin is definitely incorrect, it's Mrs M Morrison as per the linked picture. Thanks for the info!

This is where inside info comes in handy! Yes, I basically reproduced the same info on the image which is also unfortunately incorrect as you now pointed it out. Thanks for the head up. If I find anything else I'll post some more. 

The Japanese Card shows Mrs R Morrison as Destination of Report and does not mention  her as wife. The Destination of Report often went to fathers or mothers.