Harold Harrison

Thank you to Marc Sammis for providing the service file


Apr 23, 1891

Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, England.


Oct 8, 1917

Medical examination completed at Peterborough, Ontario for service in the military.


Jan 9, 1918

Drafted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, CEF, under the Military Service Act (MSA) of 1917 

Ø      Number 4020803

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Harrison, father, 559 Reid St., Peterborough, Ontario

o       Also requested that notification be sent to Mrs., Eliza Harrison, wife, 86 Lincoln St., Passaic, New Jersey, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Overseer

o       Later noted as Worsted Overseer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist


Jan 22, 1918

Embarked the SS Scotian in St. John, New Brunswick as part of the Battalion’s 2nd Draft.


Feb 6, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival in Seaford, the draft was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion for training.


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Aug 13, 1918

Left the CIBD to join the battalion.


Aug 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion rear details at Rosieres with a draft of 48 reinforcements.


Aug 27, 1918

While the battalion was advancing on the Sensee River, Private Harrison suffered from the effects of a gas shell explosion and was admitted to No. 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to the No. 56 General Hospital, Etaples, for treatment.


Sep 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital there.

Admitted to the Royal Surrey County Red Cross Hospital, Guildford.


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom.


Nov 22, 1918

Discharged from Woodcote Park and placed On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot).


Dec 10, 1918

Discharged from the No. 1 CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Jan 3, 1919

On Command to Kimmel Park pending return to Canada.


Jan 12, 1919

Embarked the RMS Empress of Britain in Liverpool



Jan 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario.


Feb 1, 1919

Next of kin changed to read Mrs. Elizabeth Harrison, wife, 86 Lincoln St., Passaic, New Jersey, USA.


Feb 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston


Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90125

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 32 Madison Ave., Clifton, New York, USA.

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 32 Madison Ave., Clifton, New York, USA.


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