Private 10792 Arthur Harris

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Killed in Action on Friday, 20th April 1917, age 29.
Buried in Grave I. B. 2. at Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France.

1st Bn., South Staffordshire Regiment. 91st Brigade of 7th Division.

Son of John and Hannah Harris, Burnt Tree, Tipton, Staffs.; husband of Lucy Harris, of 123, Prince St. Pleck, Walsall, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Walsall, Resident: Unknown.

First landed France & Flanders, 18th May 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Not commemorated on any Tipton memorial.
Commemorated here because identified as Tipton on 'Soldiers Died in the Great War'.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/316760/

Genealogical Data

Birth of John Arthur Harris registered June quarter 1888 in Dudley.

1901 Census
15 Gilbert Street, Burnt Tree, Tipton, Staffs.
John Harris (56, Colliery Engine Driver, born Greets Green), his wife Hannah (55, born Tipton), and their 3 children: Noah (19, Engine Driver, born Burnt Tree), William (16, Labourer in Iron Works, born Burnt Tree), and John A. (12, born Burnt Tree).

1911 Census
17 Darlaston Road, Pleck, Walsall, Staffs.
Thomas Bull (44, Basket Maker, born Dudley), his wife Mary Jane (37, born Tipton), and her brother John Arthur Harris (22, Coal Miner, born Tipton). Confirmed on 1881 census.
1911 Census
123 Prince Street, Pleck, Walsall, Staffs.
Lucy Hartshorn (35, Widow, born Bloxwich), and her daughter Winnie Ethel (6, School, born Pleck, Walsall).

Marriage of Arthur Harris and Lucy Hartshorn registered June quarter 1915 in Walsall.

Personal Data

Arthur's gravestone is inscribed: "Ever remembered by his wife and Elsie. When hopes were brightest."

Action resulting in his death

The Arras Offensive started on 9th April 1917, and although the 1st South Staffs were in the area, they were not involved in the early stages, coming into action at the Battle of Bullecourt from the 3rd to 17th May 1917. Arthur Harris was killed in action on 20th April when the 1st South Staffs were holding the line rather than an offensive action. Arthur is buried in Croisilles Railway Cemetery.

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