Harold Burnside Harris



Sep 16, 1891

Born at Madoc Ontario

Harold B Harris in 1915


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Belleville Ontario 

Ø      Number 636366

Ø      Next of kin given as George Harris (father) of RR #2 Madoc Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø      No previous military experience

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

Promoted to rank of Sergeant


May 7, 1916

Reduced to rank of Pte, no reason recorded


May 8, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt


May 31, 1916

Reduced to rank of Pte, no reason given


Jun 1, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Jun 29, 1916

Received dental treatment at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston Ontario for 2 consecutive days


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Reverted to rank of Pte at his own request (this was done in order to proceed to a fighting battalion) 

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and embarked at Folkestone for France


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the Cellars Camp at Neuville St Vaast and was part of the Brigade Reserve.  During this time, large fatigue parties were deployed each night to repair damaged trenches and assisting the 182nd Tunneling Company with their excavations.


May 9, 1917

Killed in Action


Because his body was never recovered, or identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial, France


May 9, 1917               From the 21st Battalion War Diary


May 27, 1917

Military Will forwarded to Ottawa for processing. 

Note that there is no copy of the will in the file


Oct 1, 1920

Memorial Cross sent to mother Mrs GA Harris at RR# 2 Madoc Ontario


Dec 18, 1920

Honour Scroll sent to George Harris (father) at RR #2 Madoc Ontario


Feb 28, 1922

Plaque sent to father at address above 

This is more commonly called the Dead Man’s Penny because of it’s appearance


Jun 12, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to father at address above 

Rank shown on Medals Card is Acting Corporal




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Harold Harris being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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