The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- Albert Edward
- Nick Name:
- Regimental #:
- ‘A’ Company
- Place of Birth:
- Perth, Western Australia
- Father's Name:
- William Frances Morrissey
- Mothers's Name:
- Marjorie Morrissey (nee Edmondstone)
- Roman Catholic
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi; Johore Bahru; Adam Park; Selerang Barracks Changi
- ‘ D ’ Force Thailand, S Battalion
- Camps Japan:
- Yamane; Niihame
- 3 /8773, 8809 and 1690
- Rashin Maru Party
- Return Details 1945:
- Wakayama-Okinawa, USS Sanctuary; Okinawa-Manila. USS Bingham; Manila-Sydney, HMS Speaker; Sydney-Melbourne-Perth by troop train.
Bert Morrissey was the eldest of 8 children born to William Francis Morrissey and Majorie Edmondstone who married about 1912. The family mostly resided in the Yalgoo area.
In 1939 Bert married Phyllis Courtenay. In August 1941 Bert who was employed as a miner, enlisted. At that time, the young couple had two sons.
The birth of son Robert William in 1942. Bert Morrisey was a reinforcement and boarded ‘Aquitania’ on 15 January 1942.
(Note: Morrissey’s name has been omitted from Reinforcement list in ‘Colour Patch’.)
Bert’s first piece of luck was to be placed in ‘A’ Company and not ‘E’ Company. Most reinforcements became ‘E’ Company – too many barely trained and very young men had the misfortune to be located in one of the worst places at the worst time in the short battle for Singapore . ‘E’ Company suffered shocking loss of lives.
In Singapore Bert was selected with ‘D’ Force S Battalion to work on Burma-Thai Railway. S Battalion had one of the largest number of 2/4th men – Bert was with mates! Work was terrible at Hellfire Pass – he survived. Again he was selected with a large contingency of 2/4th men to board ‘Rashin Maru’ for Japan and again he survived. This 70 day sea journey was horrific.
Read the story of Pte. Albert Edward Morrisey WX15751
Bert Morrissey died 13th May 1947 aged 32 years leaving his wife Phyllis May Morrissey with 3 young sons to care for. Bert Morrisey’s headstone is located at Yalgoo Cemetery (approx. 125 miles east north-east of Geraldton) where he lived most of his life.
The loss of Bert under these extremely distressing circumstances was devastating for his wife Phyllis and 3 young sons. Phyllis now alone, was financially unable to care for them and it was agreed her sister and brother-in-law would take care of the boys.
Phyllis never remarried and spent her life working on farming properties, working as domestic help. Her sons only ever met with her on one or two occasions as they were residing in remote WA most of their lives with their Aunt and Uncle who was with the Police Force.
Below: Phyllis during her earlier days.
- Adam Park Camp - Singapore
- Johore Bahru, - Malaysia
- Selarang Barracks Changi - Singapore
- Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
- Nihama, Hiroshima #2-B- Japan
- Yamane, Hiroshima #3-D - Japan