John Morrison

Full Name
John Stanton Fleming Morrison
Year of Birth
1892
Year of Death
1961 (aged 69)
Place Born
Deal, Kent, England
Place Died
Farnham, Surrey, England

John Morrison was a larger than life figure with an iron constitution, remarked Henry Lord and Peter Pugh: “Aside from being a consummate sportsman, he also proved his drinking prowess by winning a beer-drinking contest at Oktoberfest in Munich. To celebrate this, he reputedly drank a pint of sherry, which was his preferred tipple.”

John Morrison was educated at Charterhouse School in Goldaming, Surrey from 1905 to 1911, during which time he captained the school’s cricket and football teams. He also captained the Public Schools Team against the MCC in his final year at Charterhouse before he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge to study history and law.

The Great War curtailed his university studies and he joined the Royal Flying Corps, where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for flying torpedo bombers. It’s also thought he was one of the first pilots to land a plane on an aircraft carrier. After the war, Morrison returned to Trinity College, graduating in 1920.

His sporting achievements as an amateur during the 1920s were many, including a cap for England against Wales at football, and he captained Corinthians when they beat Blackburn Rovers 1-0 in the first round of the F.A. Cup at Crystal Palace in 1924. He also played cricket for both the Somerset and Northumberland county teams.

Morrison joined Harry Colt’s design partnership in 1923 (the same year Alister MacKenzie withdrew) and became a director of the company five years later. He was also a skilled practitioner on the golf course, winning the Worplesdon Foursomes (partnering Joyce Wethered) in 1928 then the Belgian Open Amateur Championship the following year.

During the 1930s, Morrison and Henry Longhurst were long-standing partners for Charterhouse in the Halford Hewitt early season match play competition for public schools, where each team fields five foursomes pairs. Over a six-year spell, the prodigious pairing of Morrison and Longhurst won all but one of 32 matches played.

Morrison was Captain of both Sunningdale (1933)...

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Aachener

10th West Germany - Best in Area 66th Germany Ranking

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Barlassina

20th Northern Italy - Best in Area 43rd Italy Ranking

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Biella

3rd Northern Italy - Best in Area 3rd Italy Ranking 56th Continental Europe Ranking

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Cairndhu

9th Antrim - Best in Area 29th Northern Ireland Ranking

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Calcot Park

7th Berkshire - Best in Area

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Chislehurst

28th Kent - Best in Area

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Frankfurter

6th South West Germany - Best in Area 24th Germany Ranking

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Fulwell

2nd Middlesex - Best in Area

J.H.Taylor laid out the original 18 holes at Fulwell Golf Club in 1904. After World War II, John Morrison reconfigured the fairways, forming the new course by incorporating ten holes from the former ladies layout.

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