Harris Harry Elijah

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Harris Harry Elijah

Regiment/Catrawd: 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Lance Corporal 57550

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Serre Road Cemetery no 2

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: XX III G 9

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: King George’s Coronation Medal

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

He was killed in action on 2nd October 1916 aged 31 in France

His War Grave Certificate tells us he was the son of Louis and Sarah Harris of 33 Bridge Street, Mold.  He was born on 10th April 1886

We have found the family on the 1901 census, living at County buildings, Mold.  Louis Harris the father was 57 and Sarah the mother was 59.  The children were Edith 22, Annie 20 and Harry was 15, a grocer’s shop boy.

In 1911 the family was still living in the County Buildings. Louis was a caretaker, 68 yrs working for the County Council. His wife Sarah was there – now aged 70 and one child Annie now 27 was the only one still at home.

We don’t know when Harry left Wales for Canada but he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditianary Force in Toronto on 11th November 1914. His attestation papers tell us that he was an electrician by trade but also that he had previously been a serving soldier with the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. he was described as 5 ft 11 inches with a dark complexion  with blue eyes and light hair. We think it says that he had tattoos of flags on each forearm.

Visit to Serre Road Cemetery no 2 in October 2010

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57550 LANCE CPL H.E.HARRIS 2nd CAN. MOUNTED RIFLES 2nd OCTOBER 1916 AGE 31

The following item appeared in the Toronto Star on October 31st 1916

Sergt H Harris Killed
Segt H Harris reported killed in action was a second contingent man
who had been in the trenches a year before his death.
He was a native of Wales and before going overseas had been engaged as an electrician.
He was 28 years old and had formerly served in 23rd RD and in 44th Canadian Regiment.
His father is in Wales

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