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He was the son of Lancelot and Mary Harris of Leek Staffordshire. He was the husband of Sarah Ann Haynes (formerly Harris) of Halls Yard Skegby Mansfield Nottinghamshire.
30 Dec 1917
476424 - CWGC Website
96th Light Railway Operating Coy Royal Engineers
He was killed aboard H.T Aragon. On arrival at Alexandria on December 30th, 1917, the Aragon was initially permitted to enter harbour, but was subsequently ordered out again. She anchored outside without any protection from submarine attack, for which she was an easy target and was duly torpedoed and sunk with a total loss of 610 officers and men of the Commonwealth forces, of whom 19 were crew. She sank quite quickly and trawlers and destroyers at once closed in to pick up those who had succeeded in jumping clear. The destroyer HMS Attack was one of those engaged in the rescue but was itself literally blown in two by a mine and disappeared with 10 of her crew and many of those she had just taken on board. Buried in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery Row D Grave 283
The German submarine responsible was UC 34 under the command of Oberleutnant zur See Horst Obermüller. UC 34, a mine laying submarine, was scuttled on the 30th October 1918 at Pola on the surrender of Austro-Hungary The CWGC lists the casualties as 380, but is s only those remembered on the Chatby Memorial
Remembered on


  • Hired Transport Aragon -
  • Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery -