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Louis Harris

Born:
1890
Died:
1982

Basic Information

Unique reference:
HAR4428
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
1890
Place of birth:
Padington, London

Death

Date of death:
1982
Died in combat?:
No

Places

Addresses

Parents' Home:
4 Edbrooke Road Paddington (1916)

Schools

Name:
Jew's Free School
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Diary

During his war service Private Harris kept a diary of some of his experiences, in it he describes the terrible shelling and gas bombardments his company faced detailing “hours further agony, falling in shell holes and slipping about carrying heavy loads we go into the trenches” as well as one incident where he mentions “somehow I was left alone with the dead mules etc, I felt real panicky. I remember the New Zealander who took my place in the trench asking me what it was like and I told him it was not too bad as I did not want to make it sound as it was actually fearful!!”. At one point in his diary he apologises for going two weeks without writing stating that he simply felt “too miserable”. Visit the diary at the collections section. https://www.jewsfww.london/louis-harris-diary-1991.php

Rosh Hashanah Leave

In September 1917 Louis requested leave from the front in order to observe Rosh Hashanah back in England, unfortunately his Company had sustained heavy casualties and no leave was issued, however a letter from Rev. Adler assured Jewish soldiers that he was working to organises services to observe the holiday on the front.

Diary

To view Louis' diary in full follow the link below to the collection
https://www.jewsfww.london/louis-harris-diary-1991.php

Family

Spouse

Anne Harris (female)
Country of marriage:
England

Children

Marjorie Harris (female)

Siblings

Leah Harris (female)
Solomon Harris (male)

Parents

Father: David Harris (male)
Mother: Fanny Harris (female)

Homefront

Occupation:
Master Taylor
What was the impact of this:
Had Master Tailor listed as specialist skills in his enrolment papers and was at various points in the war employed as a tailor in his regiment.

Military Record

Military service:
British Army
Military record no.:
242201
Date enlisted/conscripted:
21 September 1916
Date discharged/death:
24 February 1919
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Sustained injuries:
Hospitalised due to a Fever

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