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2/A Battery HAC. 776 - 624210. Alfred Edward Harris. MM.


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Hi,

I bought these two tags, both for A Battery HAC.

809 - Reginal Herbert Scrivener. B. 1897 Brixton.

Joined 15/2/15. Renumbered 624238. Overseas 20/6/17. BW&VM.

Any further information would be welcomed.

776 - Alfred Edward Harris. B. 1885. Exeter.

M. 10/5/12. 1911 Census he is a Schoolmaster working in Hampstead.

Joined. 3/2/15. France 21/6/17 as 624210. ( previous service with 1st Devon VB)

Hospitalised on 27/12/17. 64 CCS / 14th Stationary Hospital. 28 days (PUO).

On 11/1/18 he was gazetted for a MM. The medal was received on 14/1/18.

20/3/18 appointed A/BSM ( BSM Hibbert posted - 614544 (Walter Percy) Hart Commissioned)

"Rather badly gassed" on 7/4/18. transferred to the Canadian Gas Hospital in Orpington Kent for 88 days, then to Ripon for further recovery 91 days.

He was then admitted to East Leeds War Hospital with Influenza. before final discharge 22/7/19.

In January 1919 Mrs Harris wrote asking " if the MM was given for any particular service"

Can anyone answer Mrs Harris' 97 year old question for me please and/or point me towards the War diary or diaries covering his service with 2/A battery from 20/6/17 till he was gassed and returneded to the UK.

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You need the War Diary of 126th Army Field Artillery Brigade (WO 95/203/6). It covers June 1917 to September 1916 but a few months are missing.

See also post #9 in this thread -

 

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Thank you David, for the reference and the link.

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The Honourable Artillery Company in the Great War 1914-1919 indicates that Sgt A E Harris was the No. 1 of D Sub in 2/A Battery, RHA when it sailed for France on 22 June 1917. On the night of 3 Oct 1917 the Battery pulled into position at the apex of the Triangle on the St. Julien-Poelcappelle road (3-4 miles NNE of Ypres) where the Battery was clearly visible to the enemy. From this position it supported attacks on 9 and 12 Oct 1917. "While in this position Sergts. A. E. Harris and J. A. Lingwood were recommended for immediate reward for conspicuous bravery and each received the Military Medal." Harris was admitted to the HAC on 2 Feb 1915 and served overseas with 2/A Battery, RHA from 22 Jun 17 to 1919.

Regards, Dick Flory

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The Honourable Artillery Company in the Great War 1914-1919 indicates that Sgt A E Harris was the No. 1 of D Sub in 2/A Battery, RHA when it sailed for France on 22 June 1917. On the night of 3 Oct 1917 the Battery pulled into position at the apex of the Triangle on the St. Julien-Poelcappelle road (3-4 miles NNE of Ypres) where the Battery was clearly visible to the enemy. From this position it supported attacks on 9 and 12 Oct 1917. "While in this position Sergts. A. E. Harris and J. A. Lingwood were recommended for immediate reward for conspicuous bravery and each received the Military Medal." Harris was admitted to the HAC on 2 Feb 1915 and served overseas with 2/A Battery, RHA from 22 Jun 17 to 1919.

Regards, Dick Flory

Many thanks for your help Dick.
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