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