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This story has been shared by Thomas’s great-great nephew:


Thomas Harrison aged 4

Thomas Harrison, aged 4





Thomas was born in Wolverhampton on 21 September 1886, the son of Edwin and Margaret Harrison, living in Merridale Street, Wolverhampton. He was the youngest of their 11 children, of which only 6 survived. In the 1891 census they have moved to nearby Ash Street where he lives with his parents, 5 siblings and an uncle. By the 1901 census he is 14 years old and working as a Key finisher. The family have moved one house away from 33 Ash Street to 32 Ash Street. At the time of the 1911 census, Thomas is 24 and working as a Safe Maker for the firm called Lords and sons. They are still living in Ash Street.

At the outbreak of the First World War, Thomas enlisted with the 1st/6th South Staffordshire Regiment (first number 2579 and later 240406). He was promoted to Lance Corporal and then Corporal, first serving in France from 5 March 1915. On the 1 July 1916 Thomas was killed on the first day of the Somme. He has no known grave but is remembered on the Thiepval memorial. Thomas never married and in the list of soldiers effects he left £2:4:11 to his recently widowed mother and the same to each of his siblings.