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Regimental number189
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLetter carrier
Address7 Henry Street, Windsor, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Next of kinFather, L. Harris, 7 Henry Street, Windsor, Victoria
Enlistment date8 December 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll18 December 1914
Rank on enlistmentSapper
Unit nameSignal Company Engineers Reinforcement 1
AWM Embarkation Roll number22/11/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board TRANSPORT A30 Borda on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Divisional Signal Company
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Devotion to duty at Pozieres.
Recommendation date: Unspecified

Other details from Roll of Honour Circular
FateReturned to Australia 23 September 1919

Military Medal

'At REMUS WOOD east of YPRES during the operations on October, 4th 1917 on the PASSCHENDAELE-GHELUVELT RIDGE, Sgt. HARRIS displayed conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in carrying out his duties as N.C.O. in charge of linesmen. On four separate occasions he personally led his men through a very heavy enemy barrage and repaired telephone lines which were destroyed by shell fire. He remained continuously on duty for fortyeight hours and it was chiefly due to his untiring efforts that signal communications were successfully maintained.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother: 2045 Pte Lovell POWLETT-HARRIS, 14th Bn, killed in action, 27-29 August 1915.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsName incorrectly entered on Embarkation Roll as Hector Powlett HARRIS.

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