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This blog post has been contributed by Rebecca Illidge, a work experience student from Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School.


harrisJoseph Cecil Harris was born 1880 in Bilston, Wolverhampton, Harris was in the 3rd North Midland Field Ambulance in the Royal Army Medical Corps, attached to the “A” Casualty Clearing Station and was rank Captain. He died in action on the Western Front on the 16 August 1917. Harris is buried at the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 at grave reference II. F. 20. This cemetery is in West-Vlaanderen, Belgium, which commemorates 973 identified casualties. Joseph was the brother of Clement W. Harris, of Woodthorne, Tettenhall, Wolverhampton. Harris is featured in the Bonds of Sacrifice which is a collection of portraits of men from the First World War, and this is available at the Imperial War Museum.


Other information about this man:

  • He was the son of Joseph and Lucy Harris.
  • His siblings included Clement William, James Wilfred, Sidney, Ernest Hardy and Reginald.
  • He was educated at King Edwards’s School and Birmingham University.
  • They were living at 144 Prouds Lane, Bilston in 1901, together with three servants, Emily P. Hubbard, Florence G. Hubbard and Beatrice J. Hubbard.
  • In 1911 the family were living at The Laburnams, Prouds Lane, Bilston, together with two servants, Kyle Lynch and Sarah Latham.
  • Joseph was a dentist, working for the firm of Owen & Harris, dental surgeons, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton.
  • He mobilised with the South Staffordshire Regiment as soon as war was declared, and went to France as a lieutenant of the R.A.M.C., before attaining the rank of captain.
  • When he died, the value of his effects was £1029 10s. 1d.
  • He was featured in the Express & Star on 20 August 1917.