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Name: William HARRISON
Casualty No.: Ranks: Private Initials: W Service No.: 201160
Date of Birth : - Place of Birth : Castle Eden, Co. Durham. Age at Death: 0
Unit: 6th Bn Tank Corps.
Former Unit(s): 38686 Machine Gun Corps.
Place Enlisted: Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Place of Residence: Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Home Address: 10 Edington Gardens, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham.
Previous Address: East Terrace, Castle Eden Colliery, Co. Durham.
Civilian Employment: Clerk at Clara Vale Colliery Offices.
How Died: Died of wounds
Date of Death: Thursday 21st March 1918
Place of Death: Wailly Village, South West of Arras, France.
Battle/Campaign:
Locally Commemorated: Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Clara Vale Colliery Memorial, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. William's memorial plaque was given to a member of the Ryton and District War Memorials Project by the incumbent at St John's Church, Greenside, in 2006. It is believed that it was originally displayed in the Church of the Good Shepherd, Clara Vale. The Church was demolished some years ago.
UK Commemorated: -
Overseas Commemorated: -
Buried: Blairville Churchyard, Pas de Calais, France, grave reference 2.
Decoration and Medals:
Photographs: 5
Service Records: No
Death Notice/Obituary:
Family Details:
Son of Joseph and May Ann Harrison, and husband of Janet Harrison (nee Johnstone) of 10 Edington Gardens, Clara Vale, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. The Harrison's, a mining family, originally came from the Castle Eden area. Brothers: Thomas William (a Colliery Engine Driver), and John Brunskill (a Blacksmith). Sister: Hannah. The father, Joseph, was born at Ingleton, Co. Durham, and was a Heap Inspector/ Check Weighman. The mother, Mary Ann (nee Brunskill), was born at Firtree, Co. Durham.
Notes : Five weeks before his death, William had returned to Clara Vale on leave and married his sweetheart, Janet Johnstone, on 11th February 1918, at the Wesleyan Church, Ryton on Tyne. Co. Durham. Anecdotal evidence claims that William was killed in camp by an incoming mortar round whilst he was relaxing having a cup of tea.
Sources Used: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register. Soldiers Died in the Great War. Tank Corps Book of Honour edited by Major R F G Maurice (Naval and Military Press, Uckfield, East Sussex, 2005).
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