Harry Harris

Feb 4, 1895

Born in Surrey, England


Oct 23, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry in Belleville, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59419 (temporary number 872)

Ø  Next of kin given as Charles Harris, Mitcham, Surrey, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Apr 27, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days detention for an unrecorded offence


May 3, 1915

Private Harris was released from detention in order to proceed to England with the battalion

Posted to “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 24, 1915

Forfeited 6 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 3 months for being absent from August 19 to August 24, 1915


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Mar 19, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Trench Mortar Battery for duty


Sep 30, 1916

During heavy fighting near Regina Trench, Private Harris received a shrapnel wound to his right leg that fractured the femur bone and he was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the 49th CCS (Casualty Clearing Station). 


Oct 1, 1916

Because of the serious nature of the wound, he was transported via the No. 19 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 11 General Hospital in Rouen where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel, bone chips and to put leg into a splint


Oct 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Western Australia


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital in Wandsworth where it was noted that the right leg is 2 inches shorter than the left.  Surgery was performed again to remove more dead bone

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 18, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 12, 1917

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Letitia, embarking in Liverpool



Mar 23, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Apr 1, 1917

Admitted to the Richardson Convalescent Hospital in Kingston and treated as an outpatient.

Noted on admission suffers from Sequestra right femur and partial Ankylosis of right knee, all resulting from a shrapnel wound.  There is dead bone present and knee can only flex 20 degrees. 


Apr 11, 1917

Admitted as an in-patient to the Richardson Convalescent Home


Apr 26, 1917

Transferred to the Ongwanada Convalescent Hospital in Kingston


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the Richardson Convalescent Home


Jun 22, 1917

Transferred to the Ongwanada Convalescent Hospital


Jul 3, 1917

Transferred to the Richardson Convalescent Home


Jul 17, 1917

To treated as an outpatient at the Richardson Convalescent Home


Oct 2, 1917

Transferred to the Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston


Mar 7, 1918

Surgery performed to remove dead bone from the leg


Apr 18, 1918

Transferred to the No. 3 District Depot Hospital Section


Jun 17, 1918

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient suffers from impaired movement and shortening of right leg due to shrapnel wound

Ø  A lift has been provided for his right boot

Ø  Patient walks with a limp

Ø  Flexing of right knee is about 75%

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from service as permanently disabled


Jun 19, 1918

Transferred to the No. 3 District Depot Casualty Company


Jun 28, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Chapman, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the Entwistle, Alberta Post Office


Feb 12, 1977

The death of Harry Harris was reported to Veterans Affairs Canada with no location recorded.


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