John Thomas Harriss

First Name: 
John
Middle Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Harriss
Alternate Spelling: 
Harris
Mother's Name: 
Ellen Harriss nee Kearney
Father's Name: 
Patrick Harriss
Date Enlisted: 
Sunday, July 25, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
2nd Battalion
Company: 
D
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
1914/1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, July 25, 1917
Place of Death: 
London, England
Cause of Death: 
died of wounds
Details: 

John Thomas Harriss (Service No 2929), was born in Sydney, N.S.W., in 1897.

At enlistment, he was single, 18 years old, worked as a labourer, lived in Bellambi, N.S.W. and had served 4 years with the Cadets.

John embarked on HMAT A8 Argyllshire, with 2nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement, on 30th September 1915, arriving in France on 28th March 1916.

He saw service on the Western Front with 2nd Battalion, D Company, until he was wounded in action on 8th November 1916. John was admitted to hospital for treatment of a gun shot wound to his right arm. He returned to his unit on 14th May 1917.

John was admitted to hospital with trench fever, on 26th July 1917 and sent to London for treatment. On 24th September 1917, while recovering, he was outside the Italian Hospital, in Queens Square, London, with a group of patients and nurses when an enemy air raid took place. A bomb exploded and injured a number of people sheltering in a doorway from the attack. John suffered multiple wounds, and while treatment was instant, his wounds were too severe and he died peacefully at 8 am.

John was buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, England, with full Military Honors.

Plot XI, Row D, Grave 23.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, HARRIS J T

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