Thomas Victor Harris

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Portswood, Southampton
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 3/4087
Died: 1st July 1916, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Thiepval Memorial, France


Thomas was the fourth of 6 known siblings born to William Edwin and Hannah Harris (nee Lover), who married in Portswood in 1889.


The 1911 Census states that the couple had 12 children, 3 of which had died before that date.


Hannah Giles had married William Lover in Portswood in 1881, and the couple had 3 children…


Martha Ann Lover   b. 1882 Southampton   d. 1917 Southampton   Married Clarence Edwin Knight in Southampton in 1905.

Harriet Edith Lover   b. 1884 Southampton   d. 1971 Southampton   Married William H. Thomas in Southampton in 1910.

Francis WILLIAM Lover   b. 1887 Southampton   d. 1942 Southampton   Married Alice Cove in Southampton in 1912.


William Lover died in Portswood in 1888, at the age of 30 years.


Hannah was born in Berkshire in 1862 and she passed away in Southampton in 1935.

William Edwin, a seaman, was born in Southampton in 1863 and was alive at the 1911 Census.



Edwin John b. 1890 Portswood   d. 1961 Tonbridge   Married Emily Read in Southampton in 1911.

Mabel Annie   b. 1893 Portswood   d. 1953 Uxbridge   Married Samuel B. Cannon in Southampton in 1913.

Beatrice Maud   b. 1895 Portswood   d. 1960 Southampton   Married Edward G. Payne in Southampton in 1918.

Thomas Victor 

Rosina Louisa P.   b. 1900 Portswood   d. 1984 Bristol   Married Lawrence W. Linaker in New Forest in 1934. Married Mr. Jenkins in New Forest in 1951.

William Henry C. (Harry)   b. 1902 Portswood   d. 1977 Southampton



The 1st Hampshire became part of the 11th Brigade of the 4th Division in III Corps prior to their departure for France in August 1914.


They were immediately in action at Le Cateau, near Mons, covering the retreat of the B.E.F.


It is probable that Thomas was killed during the first day of the Battle of Albert, recognized also as the first day of the First Battle of the Somme.


On this day, the 1st Hampshires lost 320 men and had 265 wounded, the battalion’s worst experience of the war.




Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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