The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Morrison
First Name:
Arthur Edward
Nick Name:
Snow White
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX15746
Company:
‘D’ Company
Enlisted:
13.08.1941
Discharged:
28.02.1946
DOB:
26.11.1916
Place of Birth:
North Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Sam Morrison
Mothers's Name:
Martha Nellie Morrison
Religion:
Baptist
Pre-war Occupation:
Farmhand and Rabbit Trapper
Java:
‘Blackforce’, attached to 2/2nd Pioneer Battalion. (captured at Garoet 9.3.1942)
Force:
‘A’ Force Burma, Java Party No. 4, Williams Party
Camps Thailand:
116km, 122km, 131km, l33km, Tamarkan, Kanchanaburi (March‐April 1944), Chungkai, Non Pladuk, Nacompaton, Sonkurai-Nikhe Defence Line, Tamuang, Bangkok.
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp Batavia
POW#:
2 /13612 & 4639
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft; Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay.

General Description

Arthur Morrison was one of eight Indigenous Western Australians to join the 2/4th.

This soldier suffered from tropical ulcers to his feet at  105km Camp Burma and was treated at Kanchanaburi.

Morrison, Arthur
Morrison, Arthur

 

In 1946 Arthur with several 2/4th boys decided to have a drink at the Alhambra Bar in Perth.  Read the story.

Another story of Arthur’s return can be read at A man who fought but had no vote.

After the war, Morrison attended many reunions.

Arthur, or ‘Snow White’ as he was known by his 2/4th mates, passed away at Hollywood Hospital 13 March 2000 aged 83 years.

About 500 people attended his funeral in Katanning including four men from 2/4th. On parade were Don Lee, who paid tribute to Arthur, Gordon Lynan, Ted Roots and Joe Pearce.

Arthur enlisted at Woodanilling and served with ‘D’ Company.

Arthur ended up in Java having jumped ship at Fremantle and was unable to re-board before ‘Aquitania’ sailed the next day 16th January 1942.

Please read further about Java, Blackforce

Arthur joined ‘A’ Force Burma Java Party No. 4 Williams Force and worked on the Burma end of Thai-Burma Railway.  Williams Force, due to the fact there were POWs with ‘engineering/construction’ experience, was to endure harsh conditions moving frequently up and down the railway in Burma, and often repairing/maintaining the railway line.

Read further about Williams Force

Returning from war Arthur worked on farms, Katanning Shire  Council and Main Roads Dept.  In later years, as with so many former 2/4th, ‘Snow White’ attended many reunions, especially those held in the south-west.

Arthur’s mother had died at a young age from rheumatic fever.

He was survived by eight children, 22 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

 

The above was included in ‘Borehole’ October 1993 – in recognition of his life, his values and his extensive contribution to the community as an elder.

Please read how Arthur’s mate Ted Roots gave him the nickname ‘Snow White’

Camp Locations:

  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Kanchanaburi, 50k - Thailand
  • Nacompaton, Nakom Pathom Hospital - Thailand
  • Non Pladuk, 0k - Thailand
  • Songkurai 294k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
  • Wampo, Wang Pho 114k - Thailand ***
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
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