Stornoway Gazette, 14 February 1941
We deeply to announce that on the 29th January 1941, Mrs Alexander Morrison (Bean Alasdair Eachain), North Dell, received the sad news by wire that her son, Seaman John Morrison, RNR, had been accidentally drowned. Up to the time of writing no further information is to hand. He was 29 years of age and from his boyhood had had a great interest in the seafaring life, in which as a man he was very successful. He was a good son, and dutiful to his widowed mother and to his brother. A few weeks after the outbreak of hostilities he was on a homeward voyage when his ship was sunk through enemy action, and owing to long exposure in an open boat before he was picked up, he had to be taken to hospital. On his recovery, he was posted to one of HM destroyers, in which he came through many hardships, including Dunkirk. Ian was of an honest and sincere nature which endeared him to old and young. His words were always fewer than his gentle smiles. His departure leaves a great blank among our gallant youths. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to his sorrowing mother and only brother and with all those to whom he was near and dear.