Frank Harris



Mar 16, 1893

Born at Bristol England


Apr 12, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Sussex New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444483

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs James Wright (mother) of Bristol England

o       This was later changed to read Mrs John Mullett (friend) of Rothesay, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 74th Regiment, the Brunswick Rangers, Canadian Militia, at Sussex New Brunswick

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Jun 15, 1915

The Battalion moved from Sussex New Brunswick to the Valcartier Camp, Quebec for further training


Aug 14, 1915

Awarded 24 hours Detention, the offence is not recorded in the file


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Apr 23, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 853 Reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 13, 1916

Left the CBD with 17 other reinforcements to join their Battalions


May 15, 1916

Pte Harris joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

On this date the Battalion was in the T & R trenches in the Voormezeel Section.  They were relieved in the evening and moved to the “B” Camp near Poperinghe Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

Pte Harris was killed in action at the Battle for the Somme when, at Courcelette, the 21st Battalion attacked a German fortified position in a Sugar Factory.  He was one of 41 men killed that day in the 21st Battalion. 

Because his body was either never recovered, or if so, never identified, he is Commemorated on the Memorial at Vimy Ridge France

His name as it appears on the Vimy Memorial


Jun 23, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to Mrs S Withers (aunt) at #1 Waunlai Cottages, Tonyrefail Wales 

It would appear that his mother passed away prior to his death as there was no Memorial Cross sent. 

Return to Tribute list