Harris, Harry

Poppy on a wooden cross

Age: 20
Date of birth: 1896

Parents: Joseph E and Janet Harris
Address: 11 Sydney Terrace, The Cape

Occupation: Stoker

Harry was born in 1896 in Warwick. He was baptised at St Mary’s Church on 25th December 1896. He was one of seven children. He had one older brother William, three younger brothers – Reginald, Roger and John – and two younger sisters Lillian and Madeline.

According to the 1911 census the family were living at 11 Sydney Terrace, Lower Cape, Warwick. Harry’s father Joseph was a Foreman at the Kitchen Range Foundry and Harry at the age of 14 was also working at the foundry as an Assistant Stoker.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Private, 17583
Regiment/Service: 11th (Service) Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Brigade/Division: 112th Brigade, 37th Division
Date of death: Tuesday, November 14, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Died of wounds - Battle of the Ancre
Commemorated/Buried: Mailly Wood Cemetery
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at:

Harry’s elder brother Frank William Frederick was a professional soldier having joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in 1908 at the age of 15. He was taken prisoner after the retreat from the Battle of Mons. He was discharged from the army on 23rd Oct 1920 – he is mentioned in the excerpt below:

Warwick Advertiser 25th November 1916


  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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