Ephraim Edward Harris

Date of birth: 25th July 1883
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 11th
Rank / Service No: Private, 18277
Died: 26th September 1917, aged 34 years
Commemorated: Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium


Ephraim was the third of 4 siblings born to James and Catherine (Kate) Harris (nee Sallis), who married in Southampton in 1876.


Both parents were born in Southampton, Kate in 1854 and James in 1858.

Kate passed away at the age of only 35 years in 1889, in Southampton.


James is seen with a “servant” at the 1901 Census, with her 3 children also living in the house.

By the 1911 Census, James had married Martha Cadwallader…..the couple had 2 further children, one of which died young.


James died in Southampton in 1920.



James Richard Charles   b. 1878 Southampton   d. 1952 Southampton   Married Maggie Norris in Southampton in 1903.

Catherine Martha   b. 1881 Southampton d. 1967 Southampton   Married William Fredrick Sheppard in Southampton in 1904.

Ephraim Edward

William   b. 1884 Southampton   d. ??


Ephraim married Emily Blanche Herbert in Southampton in 1907, and the couple had 4 children…

Grace Violet   b. 1904 Southampton   d. 1993 Southampton   Married Stanley G. Waterman in Southampton in 1927.

Barbara B E   b. 1911 Southampton   d. 1958 Winchester   Married Joseph L. Mullett in Southampton in 1932.

Eileen Olive   b. 1914 Southampton   d. 1996 Southampton   Married Matthew E. Broomfield in Southampton in 1933.

Leslie John G.   b. 1917 Southampton   d. 1982 Southampton   Married Betty K. Brown in Southampton in 1940.


Emily was born in Southampton in 1887 and she married Lewis E. Bushell in Southampton in 1921.



Ephraim had originally enrolled in the Royal Navy in 1899, but was discharged at the end of 1904 as being of “bad character” !!


Ephraim died during the Third Battle of Ypres, having volunteered in 1915.


He had already been wounded in action, which may explain the birth of his son in 1917, and he fell in action at Cambrai.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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