Arthur Charles HARRISON

Regimental number1732
Place of birthCollingwood, Victoria
SchoolCentral State School, Richmond, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationPicture framer
Address25 Ebden Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Height5' 9.75"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinFather, Harry Harrison, 24 Ebden Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date21 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name23rd Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/40/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Being a playing member of the Fitzroy Football League Club and also a brilliant Junior Cricketer playing with the Fitzroy Footballers Cricket Club.' (Details from Father)
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Age at death24
Age at death from cemetery records24
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Harry and Elizabeth HARRISON, 6 Rowan Street, Elsternwick, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother in law: Lt H Dawson (Adjt) Aust Corps Cyclist Battalion.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 30 August 1915.

Wounded in action, 22 September 1915 (scalp wound); admitted same day to 6th Field Ambulance and thence to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to Mudros, 22 September 1915; to Malta, 27 September 1915, and admitted to Tigne Hospital (scalp wound and left hand); transferred to England, 26 October 1915, and admitted to Beaufort Hospital, Fishponds, 4 November 1915. Returned to Egypt, and disembarked Alexandria from Devonport, 5 March 1916; rejoined Bn, Canal Zone, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 26 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 27 July 1916 (shell shock); admitted to 4th Casualty Clearing Station, 29 July 1916; transferred to No 3 General Hospital, Boulogne, 30 July 1916; to England, 10 August 1916, and admitted to 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 27 September 1916; granted furlough, 28 September 1916, to report to No 1 Command Depot, 16 October 1916. Proceeded overseas to France, 25 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 3 March 1917.

Killed in action, 3 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal