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James John HARRIS

Regimental number3819
Place of birthKingstown, Co Dublin, Ireland
SchoolMariners Church Schools, Kingstown, Co Dublin, Ireland
Other trainingDairy man
Age on arrival in Australia20
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressEast Place Battery, Kingstown, Ireland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 9"
Weight144 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs K Harris, East Place Battery, Kingstown, Ireland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date1 November 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularExtract from newspaper article: 'Harris, Private James John Harris, 55th Battalion (late 19th Battalion) Australian Imperial Force, previously reported missing, has been found by a Court of Inquiry to have been killed in action in France on 20th July, 1916, only son of James and Kate Harris, East Pier Battery, Kingstown, aged 25 years. Private Harris was educated in the Mariners' Church Schools, was a member of the Kingstown Co. of the Boys' Brigade, and attended the Church until he emigrated to Australia. His parents have our sincere sympathy in their sad bereavement.' Details from Father.
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingSomme, France
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration details V.C. Corner (Panel No 13), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
160
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 20 January 1916; disembarked Alexandria, 26 February 1916.

Transferred to 55th Bn, and taken on strength, Ferry Post, 3 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Previously reported MISSING. Now reported KILLED IN ACTION.

Note on Red Cross File No 1280114: 'The above name appeared on German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Note on file: 'Disc received from Germany and forwarded to next of kin. Certified by Kit Stores 1.9.19.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, HARRIS James John
Red Cross File No 1280114

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