Monday, 15 June 2015

Harris, William - Private (23660)

Private William Harris
1st Battalion,
Grenadier Guards,
Killed in Action,
25th September 1916,
Age 19
Commemorated Thiepval Memorial

Newspaper Report:

Official intimation has been received by Mr. Thomas Harris, 207 Holcombe Road, Helmshore, that his son, Private William Harris, Grenadier Guards was killed in action in France on September 25th.
He was 19 years old, and joined the Army in April, 1915, was trained at the White City, and went to France in May last.

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of Private William Harris, Grenadier Guards, who was killed in action September 25th, 1916.

"There's a lonely grave somewhere in France,
Where a brave young hero sleeps;
There's a cottage home in England,
Where a mother sits and weeps.

It is only a mother that knows the pain, 
It is only a mother that knows the sorrow,
Of losing a son she loved so dear,
And knows she will never see him again."

From his sorrowing Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers, 207 Holcombe Road, Helmshore.

"Gone, but not forgotten."

From his sorrowing Brother Charlie, in France.

"He sleeps besides his comrades,
In a hallowed grave unknown,
But his name is written in letters of love,
In the hearts he left at home."

From his sorrowing Sister, Brother in law, and Fannie, 10 Co-operation Street, Crawshawbooth.

"You loved me all my life, mother,
And fondly I loved you;
I will meet you at the golden gates,
And all my comrades too.

I have died for the dear Homeland,
The land of the brave a nd free,
Always remember that, dear mother,
Whenever you think of me."

Ever remembered by Father, Mother, Brothers and Sisters, also Brother Charlie in France.

"A loved one gone, but not forgotten,
And as dawns another year,
In our lonely hours of thinking,
Thoughts of you are always near."

Ever reembered by Sister and Brother in law, 10 Co-operation Street, Crawshawbooth. 

In loving memory of our dear sons and brothers, Pte. William Harris, killed in action, September 25th, 1916; also his brother, Pte. Charles King, died of wounds, October 1st 1918.

"When alone in my sorrow and bitter tears flow,
A dream comes before me of sweet long ago,
And unknown to the world they stand by my side,
And whisper, "Dear mother, death cannot divide."

Ever remembered by mother, father, sisters and brothers, 207 Holcombe Road, Helmshore.


"Somewhere abroad they peacefully rest,
Far from their home and those they loved best;
Still deep in our hearts their memory we keep,
Dear is the grave where they now lie asleep."

Sadly missed by their Sister and Brother, and little Nephew, Jim, 10 Co-operation Street, Crawshawbooth.