- Ian Morrison
Ian Ernest McLeavy Morrison (1913 –
August 12, 1950) was an Australianjournalist and war correspondentfor " The Times". He was one of the first journalists to be killed in the Korean War.
Born in Peking in 1913 and educated at
Winchester Collegeand Trinity College, Cambridge, he was the son of war correspondent George Ernest Morrison.
Morrison was an English professor at
Sapporo, Japan's Hokkaido Imperial Universityuntil 1937, at which point he took the position of secretary to British Ambassador to Japan, Sir Robert Craigie.
econd World War
Morrison covered the
Pacific Frontof the Second World War, being promoted from a freelance contributor, to a full-time staff correspondent at "The Times". He covered the Battle of Singapore. During a November 1942 air raid as part of the Battle of Buna-Gona, Morrison was mildly injured. In December 1943, he was involved in a plane crash he was injured during an air raid on the Buna front in Papua, and in December 1943 he fractured his vertebraeand suffered head trauma as a result of a plane crash, telegraphing The Times.
Regret involved in airplane accident enroute obtain eyewitness operational full stop hospitalised injuries seriouser than yestertime hope recover soon
Dickson Brownnewschronicler kindly consented cover next three days thereafter Curthoys sorry disappoint you good story
He didn't return to combat journalism for seven months, and by the following December he had been shot once again, telegraphing The Times.
Left hospital today. Thumb, in which fragments of Dutch bullet are lodged, will take at least a fortnight to heal up, but hope to resume filing about Thursday. Another bullet grazed side without doing any damage.
Morrison also wrote the following books related to the War: Malayan Postscript (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1942) The War against Japan (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1943) Grandfather Longlegs, The Life and Gallant Death of Major H.P. Seagrim, G.C.,D.S.O (London: Faber and Faber Limited, 1947)
In 1944 he published a 150-page pamphlet entitled "This War with Japan".
Between the Wars
He continued as a correspondent for the The Times, stationed in
Hong Kong. While there he had a love affair with local doctor Han Suyin, a story which was told in the semi-biographical film, "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing". [ [http://www.nst.com.my/Weekly/Travel/article/TTales/20050802114404/Article/index_html Travel Times ] ]
Previously,in 1941 Ian Morrison had married the Czechoslavakian Maria Neubauer in Hong Kong. The couple had met earlier in Shanghai. There were two children, Nicholas and Petra. In 1946, his brother, Colin, married Maria's sister, Steffi.
Korean Warbroke out in 1950 while Morrison was stationed in the Far Eastwith " The Times". He was re-assigned to cover the war, and published his first article from the front on July 10.
He died on
August 12, after he, Colonel M. K. Unni Nayar, and Christopher Buckley drove a jeep towards a destroyed North Korean tank, and struck a landmineen route, killing all three of them. [ [http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,706-92969,00.html Ian Morrison and the Korean War - From the Archive - Times Online ] ] Fact|date=June 2007
He and Buckley were buried together at a private mission cemetery in
Taeguwith other correspondents acting as pallbearers. An American Guard of Honour fired a salute, and the Last Postwas sounded.His name is listed in the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents' Clubas a member killed in the line of duty.
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