NEWTOWN REMEMBERS Commemorating 100 years since the First World War
Y DRENEWYDD YN COFIO Coffáu 100 mlynedd ar ôl y Rhyfel Byd Cyntaf

Arthur Harold Harris

Birth: 1893
Death: 4/7/1918
Regiment: 2nd Lieut. Royal Engineers and RWF
Battles: Western Front
Killed: 4/7/1918 in France. Died of his wounds

 

Arthur was the son of David Arthur, a tailor, and Harriet Matilda (Hamer). He had 3 sisters, Berta, Doris and Florence & a brother, Edward Victor. He followed his father's occupation & had worked for Messrs James & Son, Tailors Market Street. He was also a boxer of some note.  On 23rd August 1913 he joined the Royal Engineers & on 26th August 1914, at the start of WW1 he was sent to France. hIs first 12 months there were spent in the trenches. He was in the battle of Cateau where he sustained an injury to his arm as a result of a bursting shell. He was awarded the Mons Star. He also served in Egypt, where after two years he was recommended for a commission, and so returned to Britain and entered Kinmel Park Cadet School, Rhyl for training. in 1917 he was gazetted as 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. he went with his regiment to France and on 3rd July 1917 he was wounded and died the following day.  Arthur was also awarded the 1914-18 Star, the British War & Victory medals. He  was buried at the Gezaincourt Communal Cemetery Extension. He is commemorated in St David's & Llanllwchaiarn Churches. Reports of Arthur appeared in the Montgomery Express of 28/9/1915, 18/9/1917, 27/11/1917 and 9/7/1918 as well as the County Times of 2/10/1915 and 13/7/1918.

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