HARRIS Robert William Jones
Regiment : 26th Line of Communication Supply Company Army Service Corps
Service number : S310310
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 15th October 1917 aged 27
Place of death : No 28 Casualty Clearing Station, Salonica
Buried : Karasouli Military Cemetery, Greece, Grave C. 472.
Birthplace : Born and resident Cradley Heath, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester
Relatives : Husband of Nellie Harris, 68 Dudley Wood Rd., Cradley Heath, Staffordshire
Memorial : Bromsgrove All Saints Church WW1 Memorial
Credits : Researched by Andy Frisby. Service records and National Union of Teachers Roll of Honour researched and transcribed by Sandra Taylor.
Son of Ezra and Maria Jones.
Robert Harris enlisted in the army for the duration of the war on the 3rd December 1915 at Bromsgrove. On his attestation paper he gave his address as All Saints Road, Bromsgrove, his age as 25 years 360 days and his occupation as a school teacher. Robert was 5 feet 11 inches tall and his next of kin was his wife, Nellie (nee Pearson) of the same address. The couple were married in the Parish Church, Lye, Worcestershire on 2nd November 1913. Their son Jack was born in Worcester on 19th December 1914. Robert was placed on the Army Reserve until he was mobilized on 12th April 1916 and then remobilized on 20th March 1917. He was assigned to the Army Service Corps on 21st March 1917.
On 26th June 1917 Robert embarked at Southampton, arriving in Cherbourg, France the following day. From Cherbourg he proceeded by train to Taranto, Italy where he embarked on the S.S. Saxon on 10th July 1917. Disembarking at Salonica on 15th July 1917, he joined the 3rd Base Horse Transport Depot the same day. Robert was admitted to hospital on 8th October 1917. He died of malaria complicated by pneumonia at No 28 Casualty Clearing Station, Salonica.
Robert Harris was a member of the National Union of Teachers. His name is listed on their roll of ‘The Gallant Dead’ as Private, R.A.S.C., Stourbridge Road Council School, Bromsgrove.