New book

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

A cen­tury later, Vic­to­ria County soldier re­mem­bered in book.

Lo­cal au­thor, re­searcher and his­to­rian James Mac­Don­ald has doc­u­mented another piece of Cape Bre­ton mil­i­tary history with the re­lease of “A Trib­ute to Sgt. Daniel John Mor­ri­son, 18881917.”

Mor­ri­son, a na­tive of New Camp­bell­ton, Vic­to­ria County, was a mem­ber of the 85th Bat­tal­ion Nova Sco­tia High­landers. He died while serv­ing in the First World War, in Au­gust 1917.

Now, close to 100 years later, Mac­Don­ald has com­piled a book of doc­u­ments, photos, letters and in­for­ma­tion that de­tail Mor­ri­son’s life be­fore and dur­ing the war.

In the fore­word to “A Trib­ute to Sgt. Daniel Mor­ri­son,” John Clarke, of the Cape Bre­ton High­landers Mil­i­tary Mu­seum, writes that Mac­Don­ald’s book tells the story of one of the many Cape Bre­ton­ers who fought and died over­seas.

“To Jim, this young man is im- por­tant. He rep­re­sents the typ­i­cal Cape Bre­toner volunteering in the ser­vice of King and coun­try,” he said. “When we speak of the vast num­ber of Cana­di­ans killed in the Great War, many from Cape Bre­ton, it is easy to over­look the fact that each one was a young per­son brought up by a lov­ing fam­ily, part of a com­mu­nity, at­tended school with friends and re­la­tions, worked to sup­port the fam­ily — un­til one day he left, never to re­turn.”

Mac­Don­ald, a res­i­dent of Baddeck, has writ­ten, com­piled or co-edited sev­eral books in­clud­ing “Pat­ter­son’s History of Vic­to­ria County,” “A Bib­li­og­ra­phy of the Vic­to­ria Cross,” “In The Morn­ing: The Vet­er­ans of Vic­to­ria County,” “A Bib­li­og­ra­phy of Vic­to­ria County, N.S.,” “Hon­our Roll of the Nova Sco­tia Over­seas High­land Brigade,” and “The Nom­i­nal Roll and The Hon­our Roll of the 25th Bat­tal­ion.”

Copies of Mac­Don­ald’s latest book are avail­able at the McCon­nell Li­brary in Syd­ney and at the Baddeck Li­brary. To pur­chase a copy, con­tact Mac­Don­ald via email at wj­mac01@ns.sym­pa­

James Mac­Don­ald’s new book on Cape Bre­ton mil­i­tary history, “A Trib­ute to Sgt. Daniel John Mor­ri­son, 1888-1917.”

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