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Michael Harris "Mick"

Born:
24 Adar II 5657 (28 March 1897)
Died:
16 Sivan 5731 (09 June 1971)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
HAR0366
Other surname:
Smietanski
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
24 Adar II 5657 (28 March 1897)
Place of birth:
London

Death

Date of death:
16 Sivan 5731 (09 June 1971)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Middlesex
Cause of death:
Old age

Places

Addresses

His home:
Chatsworth Road

Synagogues

Name:
The Great Synagogue, Duke's Place
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Ending up in the Welch Fusiliers

He was originally in the Machine Gun Corp but one day they took him to Wales and he joined the Welch Royal Fusiliers because a lot of them were injured and they needed people to fill in

On the Somme

He was involved in the Battle of the Somme and was buried alive, gassed and had shrapnel stuck in his arm.

German, Jewish POWs

He was a guard for the German POW and there were Jewish prisoners there, so he became friendly with soldiers who were on the other side.

Discharged 1921

After the war, he became part of the army of occupation so was only formally discharged from duties until 1921

Family

Spouse

Hilda Hymans (Ponarowsky)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Harris
Place of marriage:
The Great Synagogue
Country of marriage:
United Kingdom

Children

Cyril Harris (male)
Marion Harris (female)

Siblings

Parents

Father: Herschel Smietanski (male)
Mother: Gotscha (Augusta) Fox (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Military record no.:
45013
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
1921
Rank at discharge/death:
Private
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Battalion/unit:
15th Battalion
Campaigns:
The Battle of the Somme
Medals:
Victory Medal
British War Medal

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Mens Outfitting
Position:
Owner
Type of employment:
Betting
Position:
Employee
Organisation:
Louis Harris Betting

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