Harris | Warren James

  • First names

    Warren James

  • Age

    22

  • Date of birth

    03-10-1922

  • Date of death

    07-10-1944

  • Service number

    18005024

  • Rang

    Private

  • Regiment

    Lincolnshire Regiment, 2nd Bn.

  • Grave number

    I. D. 3.

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Biography

Son of Willis Graham Harris and Rosalie Irene Harris
Euclid Ave. Pembroke, Bermuda

On october 19th 1944, The parents of private Warren James Harris received an unofficial message that their son could be killed on october 7th, during a fighting patrol in the neighbourhood of Haps.

Due to the long distance and difficult communication between Bermuda and the battlefield in Overloon, it took till november 10th for Lt-col. Astwood, officer of the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps was able to sent an offical letter to confirm the loss of Warren James Harris.

In the attached letter Lt. Smith wrote : “I was with private Harris when this youngman was killed.” We were on a fighting patrol together.” Private Harris had been with the Regiment for a short while an was the first Bermudian “to get it”. It happened so fast that he didn’t suffer.”We were all very sad he was killed while he was such a short period with us.”

Private Warren James Harris was temporary buried in the center of Haps. Smith: “He has a nice little grave with bricks and flowers and a cross showing his number, rank, name, regiment and the date killed..”

In 1947 private Warren James Harris was reburied at Overloon War Cemetery next to 4 other Bermudians who were killed in action on october 14th between Overloon and Merselo.

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Sources and credits

Bermudaanse kranten uit 1944 van Seán Pòl Ó Creachmhaoil, Bermuda (voormalig korporaal van het Bermuda Regiment, 1992 tot 1997)

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