HARRIS William H
Regiment : 3rd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment
Service number : 13098
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action on 16th June 1915
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 34.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Also appears on : Stourbridge St John's Church. Stourbridge St John's School now in Stourbridge St John's Church.
Credits : Researched by The Black Country Society.
Service No given as 3098 on Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
William Harris enlisted as a pre-war regular in the Worcesters and was probably stationed at Aldershot with the 3rd Battalion in the British Expeditionary Force on the outbreak of war. This battalion took part in the opening campaigns at Mons, the Marne and First Ypres. During the winter of 1914-15 they remained near Ploegsteert Wood and on the 12th March put in an attack at Spanbroek Mill. Although casualties were heavy, they moved to Ypres to meet the next German attack on the city. After being acclimatised to gas and continual shelling they were ordered to mount an attack on the Bellewaerde ridge across the Menin Road. At 4.45 a.m. on the 16th June the Worcesters advanced towards the German lines and gained the first enemy trenches. By the end of the day half a mile had been won but at the cost of over 300 casualties. Among them was Corporal William Harris who was killed in action.
William Harris has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.