John Colin Harris

Date of birth: 16th December 1886
Place of birth: Roade, Northamptonshire
Service No.: 26358  (formerly 22758)
Rank: Private
Regiment: Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire  (formerly Hampshire)
Battalion: 7th
Died: 19th November 1916 aged 29 years
Death location: Salonica


Life before the War
John’s father was David, who was born in 1850 in Roade, Northamptonshire.  His mother Mary Ann, nee Joyce, came from Kempston, Bedfordshire, where she was born in 1848.  John’s parents married on 9th July 1877 at the Baptist Chapel, Bedford, Bedfordshire.

Like John, his three older sisters were all born in Roade.  Their names and years of birth were:

Kate b.1879

Emmie b.1882

Lilian b.1885

After Lilian was born the family moved to Southampton, where they lived at 2 Hamilton Terrace, Commercial Road in 1891.  David was working as a Carpenter and Mary Ann a Confectioner, both of which were their own businesses.  They engaged a servant for general domestic services.

By 1901 the family lived at 49 High Street, Southampton.  David was still working as a Carpenter whilst Kate was an Artist.


War Service 

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Taunton’s School Memorial Roll

Time at Taunton’s School: 1899 – 1902

Education and Employment: John was born on 16th December 1886 in Roade, Northamptonshire. He was a pupil at Miss Thompson’s School before he joined Taunton’s.

Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta

Pieta Military Cemetery, Malta

Life during the war: When they first moved to Southampton, John’s mother was a Boarding House Keeper and they lived at Tudor House on Bugle Street. He enlisted in Southampton and joined the Hampshire Regiment. He later served with the 7th Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment. He died in hospital in Malta as a result of sickness contracted while in Mesopotamia. He is buried in the Pieta Military Cemetery.

John died on 19th November 1916 aged 29 years.  

Sadly, John died from dysentery. He is Remembered with Honour at Pieta. The Memorial Register reads:
“Harris, Ptr. J. C., 26358. 7th Bn. Wiltshire Regt. 19th Nov., 1916. Age 29. Son of David and Mary Ann Harris, of Southampton. Grave Number 5, Row 15, plot D”


Personal Effects – David, John’s father and next of kin, received a payment of £2 17s 3d on 19th April 1917 with a War Gratuity payment of £3 on the 19th December 1919.

For his service to his country, John was entitled to the British War and Victory Medals.


Researcher: Becky Lonergan
Published: 29th July 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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