HARRIS Albert Leslie
Regiment : H.M.S. Motagua Royal Navy
Service number : M14742
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 19th March 1918 aged 20
Buried : Commemorated on Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire, England, Panel 30
Relatives : Son of Albert and Esther Lavinia Harris, of Other House, Other Rd., Redditch, Worcestershire
Memorial : Redditch Secondary School now Trinity High School WW1 Memorial
Also appears on : Redditch War Memorial. Redditch St Stephen's Church.
Served in H.M.S. “Barham” at Battle of Jutland.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for navy casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
On the morning of 19th March 1918 H.M.S. Motagua was part of a convoy operating out of Queenstown, Ireland when she was accidentally struck by the American ship USS Manley. The collision caused the detonation of the depth charges on Manley and the resulting explosion caused extensive damage to the stern of H.M.S. Motagua, killing a number of those on board, including Albert Harris.
Albert Harris has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Portsmouth Naval Memorial.