Victor Augustus Harris

Date of birth: 12th November 1887
Place of birth: Southampton
Regiment / Division: Mercantile Marine
Vessel: HMHS Warilda
Rank / Service No: Steward
Died: 3rd August 1918, aged 30 years
Commemorated: Tower Hill Memorial


Victor was the only child of Charles Elijah Cash and Eliza Ann Harris (nee Penny), who married in Southampton in 1886.


Charles was born in Southampton in 1861 and died in the city in 1906.

Eliza was born in Portsmouth in 1862 and she passed away there in 1951.


The family lived at 78 Clifford Street, St. Mary’s for many years.


Victor married Ethel Minnie Wyatt in Southampton in 1912. Ethel had been born in Southampton in 1886.


The couple had one child……


Reginald Victor Charles   b. 1913 Southampton   d. 1999 Fareham


After Victor’s death, Ethel married Arthur Buck in Southampton in 1922; she passed away in Kingston-upon-Thames in 1971.



Warilda was built in Glasgow, destined for the East-West Australian coastal service.


At the outbreak of war, she was converted firstly into a troopship and then, in 1916, into a hospital ship.


As a troopship, Warilda did 5 trips between Australia and Egypt.


On 3 August 1918, Warilda was transporting wounded soldiers from Le Havre to Southampton when she was struck by a torpedo, fired from UC-49, despite showing the clearly-defined Red Cross.


The vessel sank in 2 hours, with 123 of the 801 persons on board perishing.



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 6th September 2016


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