Walter James Harris, MM



Jul 17, 1890

Born at London 


Jul 4, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 454972

Ø      Next of kin given as William Garland (uncle) of 17 Hordle St, Dovercourt, Essex England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Coil Winder

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years with the Royal Garrison Artillery

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Aug 1, 1915

Appointed to Provisional Rank of Corporal


Sep 22, 1915

Appointed to Provisional Rank of Lance Sergeant


Nov 18, 1915

Appointed to Provisional Rank of Sergeant


Dec 28, 1915

Admitted to the Brockville Ontario Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Dec 30, 1915

Discharged to duty


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Borden Camp


Apr 18, 1916

Proceeded on course at the School of Musketry at Thorn Hill, Aldershot


May 6, 1916

Rejoined Battalion from School of Musketry


Jul 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Sep 14, 1916

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe diagnosed with Varicose Veins


Sep 16, 1916

Surgery performed to remove varicose veins from knee to ankle of his left leg


Oct 1, 1916

Transferred to the Glack House Military Convalescent Hospital at Deal


Nov 21, 1916

Discharged from hospital to duty


Jan 4, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 3, 1917

On Command to the Overseas Conducting Party escorting reinforcements to France


Sep 11, 1917

Ceased to be On Command on returning to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 17, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Pte at his own request in order to proceed to France 

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 18, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 21, 1917

Left 2 CIBD and arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Poperinghe Belgium


Nov 12, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl HG Wright, 675529 who had killed in action on this date.  The announcement however didn’t appear in the Part II Orders until February 19, 1918, and then back dated.


Nov 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Camblain L’Abbe.  They were re-equipping and carrying out training exercises.  He arrived as part of a draft of 95 reinforcements.  He was assigned to No 10 Platoon, “C” Company


Jan 18, 1918

Admitted to No 11 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with a deformed right foot


Jan 19, 1918

Transferred to No 12 CFA


Jan 20, 1918

Transferred to No 4 CFA


Jan 21, 1918

Transferred to No 11 CFA


Jan 24, 1918

Discharged to duty


Apr 3, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl WW McKim, 59732 who had been wounded


Sep 18, 1918

Admitted to No 9 CFA then transferred to No 42, CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a shrapnel wound to his left arm 

The Battalion was in the front line trench near the Buissy Switch


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred via No 9 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 26 General Hospital at Etaples


Sep 21, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital at Thorpe, Norwich 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Oct 30, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Dec 23, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Witley


Jan 14, 1919

TOS the Military District #3 at Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 21, 1919

On Command to Kinmel Park at Witley pending return to Canada


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Feb 20, 1919

Embarked the SS Lapland at Liverpool



Mar 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Mar 4, 1919

TOS the Casualty Company at MD #3 Kingston


Mar 5, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until March 18, 1919


Mar 22, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90948

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number c55350

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 154 George St, Peterborough Ontario


Jul 5, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at c/o Mr JE Gregson, 122 Gladstone Ave, Peterborough Ontario 

Post war he was employed at Canadian General Electric at Peterborough and then transferred to CGE at Toronto Ontario


Jun 15, 1925

Married to Mary Houston at Toronto Ontario


Sep 18, 1966



In 1936, Walter Harris made the pilgrimage to France aboard the SS Montcalm for the unveiling of the Vimy Ridge Memorial.  He is in the photo above, 9th from the left in the back row 

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