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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Arthur Harris at Basford cemetery.
Photo taken by Peter Gillings
Person Details
Mapperley, Nottingham
Arthur was born about 1888. He was probably the son of James and Edith Harris. James was a gas worker for Nottingham Corporation. In 1911 he and his wife had been married for 30 years and they had had 15 children born living of whom only 10 were still alive. In 1891 James and Edith were living at 50 Fisher Street, Nottingham, with their children Betsey (9), James (8), Annie (7), Harriett (6), Frederick (4) and Arthur (3). Ten years later in 1901 James and Edith had moved to 9 Academy Place, Mansfield Road, in the parish of St John, Carrington, and in the household at the time of the census were James, Annie, Arthur, George W. (11), Charles (9), Florence (6), Agnes E [Elizabeth Agnes] (3) and John Henry (6m). Named on the 1911 census when James and Edith were living at 53 Liddington Street, Nottingham, were James, George, Charles, Florrie, Elizabeth Agnes (13), John Henry and Samuel (7). Arthur was not in the household having married Kate Whitaker in Nottingham in 1910 (marriage registered Jul/Aug/Sep); their only child, Doris Anne Harris, had been born the previous year in 1909 (birth registered Apr/MayJune). His wife, Kate, was the daughter of an iron turner, Frederick Charles and his wife Kate (nee Crosby), who in 1901 were living at 65 Manor Road, Altrincham, Cheshire. They had two young daughters, Lillian (1, b. Birmingham) and Kate (2m. b. Altrincham, Cheshire); also in the household at the time of the census was a visitor, Eliza Crosby (12) who was probably Frederick's sister-in-law. Ten years later Frederick Whitaker was employed as an insurance agent and had moved with his wife and family to Nottingham. The family was living at 5A Eldon(?) Road, Hyson Green, and Frederick and Kate now had four daughters; Lillian, Kate, Dorothy (6, b. Nottingham) and Muriel (4, b. Nottingham). Also in the household was a boarder, Charlotte Crosby (20), probably another of Frederick's sisters-in-law. Frederick died three years later in 1904 aged only 35 (death registered Apr/May/Jun). The death of her father might be the reason that when in 1911 his daughter Kate, her husband Arthur Harris and their daughter, Doris, were living at 19 Monsall Street, New Basford, her two younger sisters, Dorothy (17) and Muriel (15), were also living with them. Also in the household was Leonard Whitaker (5) who was described as Arthur's brother-in-law.
In 1911 he was described as a shop porter in drapery.
26 Apr 1916
2750665 - CWGC Website
M2/156868
He was living in Old Basford, Nottingham and enlisted in Nottingham
Private
Army Service Corps
Army Service Corps No. 1 Reserve M.T. Depot (Grove Park). A note in the Soldiers' Effects Register suggests that he completed less than six months home service. He died in hospital at the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich (London), and was buried at Basford Cemetery.
Nottingham Post notice (abridged), 2 May 1916: 'Harris. 26th ult. at hospital in London, Private A Harris, husband of Kate Harris. Wife and only child, Doris.' Soldiers Effects Register: No next of kin is recorded and a note alongside the stamp 'war gratuity' reads, 'Not admissible. Under 6 months HS [Home Service]’.
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  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Arthur Harris at Basford cemetery.
Photo taken by Peter Gillings
    Arthur Harris - Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone marking the grave of Arthur Harris at Basford cemetery. Photo taken by Peter Gillings