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Name and Rank

Second Lieutenant JOHN HARRISON

Regiment & Unit/Ship

East Yorkshire Regiment

11th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 03 May 1917

Age 26 years old

Buried or commemorated at

ARRAS MEMORIAL

Bay 4 and 5.

France

  • Country of Service United Kingdom
  • Awards Victoria Cross, Military Cross
  • Additional Info Husband of Mrs. J. Harrison, of 75, Wharncliffe St., Spring Bank, Hull. Former Hull Rugby League Player.
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from The London Gazette dated 12th June, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice in an attack. Owing to darkness and to smoke from the enemy barrage, and from our own, and to the fact that our objective was in a dark wood, it was impossible to see when our barrage had lifted off the enemy front line. Nevertheless, 2nd Lt. Harrison led his company against the enemy trench under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, but was repulsed. Reorganising his command as best he could in No Man's Land, he again attacked in darkness under terrific fire, but with no success. Then, turning round, this gallant officer single-handed made a dash at the machine-gun, hoping to knock out the gun and so save the lives of many of his company. His self-sacrifice and absolute disregard of danger was an inspiring example to all. (he is reported missing, believed killed.)"

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