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HARRIS, THOMAS JAMES

Rank:
Serjeant
Service No:
358
Date of Death:
09/08/1918
Age:
26
Regiment/Service:
Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment)
 
6th Bn.
Awards:
V C, M M
Grave Reference:
VIII. J. 20.
Cemetery:
DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Additional Information:
Son of William John and Sarah Ann Harris, of 6, Manor Terrace, Halling, Rochester, Kent.

Citation

An extract from The London Gazette, No. 30967, dated 18th Oct., 1918, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack when the advance was much impeded by hostile machine guns concealed in crops and shell-holes. Serjt. Harris led his section against one of these, capturing it and killing seven of the enemy. Later, on two successive occasions, he attacked single-handed two enemy machine-guns which were causing heavy casualties and holding up the advance. He captured the first gun and killed the crew, but was himself killed when attacking the second one. It was largely due to the great courage and initiative of this gallant N.C.O. that the advance of the battalion was continued without delay and undue casualties. Throughout the operations he showed a total disregard for his own personal safety, and set a magnificent example to all ranks."

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Country:
France
Locality:
Somme

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