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John Harrison

Date of birth: 1918
Date of death: 31.10.1943
Area: Wrenthorpe
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Family information: Husband of Phyllis May Harrison of Barnby, Nottinghamshire
Rank: Private
Service number: 6027341

War Service

The Wakefield Express of 27th November 1943 reported:
“DIED IN INDIA – Mr E Harrison, of 14, Trough Lane, Wrenthorpe, has been notified by the War Office that his youngest son, Private J Harrison (R.A.M.C.), has died from enteric fever in the British Military Hospital at Allahabad, India.”
There were three J Harrisons in the Royal Army Medical Corps but only one who died in India. This was John Harrison Private 6027341 who died aged 24 on 31st October 1943. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission states that he is the son of Mr and Mrs Ethelbert Harrison, husband of Phyllis May Harrison of Barnby, Nottinghamshire.
John is buried in the Delhi War Cemetery.

Family Life

In 1911 Ethelbert and his wife Sarah Jane were living in Kirkhamgate. He was a 35 year old general labourer in the iron foundry and had been married to 34 year old Sarah for 13 years. They had at this point six children of which one had died and the remaining children were – Willie (b 1899), Arthur (b 1900), Albert (b1905), Ethel (b1907) and Florence (b 1910). Birth registrations show that the couple had three more children Eliza A (b 1911), Leslie (b 1915) and John (b 1918).
In 1921 they had moved to Carr’s Buildings, Kirkhamgate according to the electoral register and then in 1923 they were registered as living in Batley Road, Kirkhamgate and were there until 1934.
I believe John married Phyllis M Sibey in the Newark District in 1942. There were two children born to a mother with the maiden name of Sibey – Carol E Harrison in 1942 and Brian J Harrison in 1943 in the Newark District.
His father remained on the electoral roll in Trough Well Lane until 1950, dying the following year.

Photo of Delhi War Cemetery. Rows of headstones. Delhi War Cemetery

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