HARRIS Charles Thomas
Regiment : 2nd/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 242665
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 20 on 21st March 1918
Buried : Chapelle British Cemetery, Holnon, France, Grave III. D. 20.
Birthplace : Wollescote, Worcestershire, resident lye, Worcestershire, enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Relatives : Son of George and S.E. Harris, 54 Attwood St., Hayes Lye, Stourbridge
Memorial : Wollescote School
Also appears on : Lye and Wollescote War Memorial with the information: Missing. Lye Christ Church Window.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Appears on the memorial under the heading: Missing.
Charles Harris attended Wollescote school. He enlisted in the Worcesters and joined the 2/8th Territorials on the Western Front. In 1917 they were in the Arras sector following up the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. In March 1918 they were in the front line at St Quentin and had to face the first great German Spring offensive. The huge barrage of the 21st March was devastating and those in the fortified block-houses in the front line had little chance of retreat in the face of the overwhelming enemy advance. Private Charles Harris was killed during this attack.