2nd Lt Robert Hugh Harris

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Reference WMO268918

Address:

Parish Church

Llangunnor

Carmarthen

Wales

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Brass plaque with regimental crest. Robert Hugh Harris, Second Lieutenant, West Riding Regiment. Robert was the son of Edward Charles and Emily Charlotte Harris, of Bryn Towy, and the husband of Annette Brown-Clayton. He was living in Canada at the outbreak of war, and returned home to join the Public Schools Battalion, Middlesex Regiment. Made up of well educated men, this battalion proved to be a perfect breeding ground for officers, and so Robert was commissioned into the West Riding Regiment in May 1915, and was posted to the 8th Battalion, which was attached to 34 Brigade, 11th (Northern) Division. On 1 July 1915 the Division sailed from Liverpool, landing at Alexandria, before moving on to Mudros, and landed at Suvla Bay, Gallipoli on 7 August 1915, remaining there until the evacuation to Egypt on 21 December 1915. During July 1916 the Division landed at Marseilles, and then spent remainder of the war on the Western Front. They fought at the Battle of Flers-Courcelette during the Somme Offensive, and it was around this time that Robert was killed, on 28 September 1916. He was 39 years old, and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
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IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ ROBERT HUGH HARRIS/ 2ND LIEUT DUKE OF WELLINGTONS (WEST RIDING) REGIMENT/ SON OF EDWARD CHARLES AND EMILY CHARLOTTE HARRIS/ OF BRYN TOWY IN THIS PARISH/ KILLED IN ACTION AT THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME/ ON THE 28TH SEPTEMBER 1916 AGED 39/ "PRO REGE ET PATRIA"

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