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Private William HARRISON, G/4971, 1st   Battalion,  Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  Flanders France, 11th September 1916,  age 38.  

Born Woolwich, Kent, son of William & Margaret Harrison, of 5, Lizban Street, Old Dover Road, Blackheath, London.

Previously served in West Kent Territorial's, Service No.9665.

12th December 1914, arrived Liverpool on SS Lusitania from USA.

Enlisted Liverpool, age 36 years & 40 days, height 5ft 9½ inches, weight 160lbs, resided 17 Sunfields Place, Blackheath, Kent. Formerly labourer.

Home, 12th December 1914 to 21st April 1915; BEF, 22nd April 1915 to 11th September 1916.

12th December 1914, enlisted

18th December 1914, War Office memo to The Officer Commanding Depot, West Kent Regiment, Maidstone, Kent.  - The marginally noted men, who have been specially sent home from New York for enlistment in the Army and are being sent to the Depot under your Command on appointment to the West Kent Regiment, should be posted by you to a Reserve Unit of that Corps. These men are understood to have had previous military experience, and will probably be found fit to be included in reinforcements for the Expeditionary Force after a limited period of further training. Arthur Donaldson, (4945), Alfred Pearson (4961), William Harrison (4971).

23rd December 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd April 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd April 1915 5 Infantry Base Depot; 25th April 1915, joined Battalion "C" Company.

26th July 1919, Statement of Relatives - Mother, Margaret Harrison, age 64, 5, Lizban Street, Blackheath, SE3; Brother - Charles Harrison, age 24, 15 St Andrew? Gate, York; Sisters - Mrs Ada Bell, age 35, 17 Sunfields Place, Blackheath; Mrs Mary Ann Lake, age 32, 9 Whitecross Street, Bay?????

Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 11C, France.


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