Charles HARRIS

Badge Number: S1756, Sub Branch: Mount Gambier

HARRIS, Charles

Service Number: 4803
Enlisted: 3 March 1917
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 43rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Kadina, South Australia, Australia, 16 December 1887
Home Town: Mount Gambier, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Motor car proprietor
Died: Mount Gambier, South Australia, 22 June 1964, aged 76 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Mount Gambier Lake Terrace Cemetery
Memorials: Kadina & District WW1 Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

3 Mar 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 4803, 43rd Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 4803, 32nd Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 4803, 32nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide
27 May 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 4803, 43rd Infantry Battalion, Gassed
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 4803, 43rd Infantry Battalion
30 Jul 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 4803, 43rd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Kathleen Emms

Charles was the sixth child and second son of Benjamin George and Eliza Rosa (HARVEY) HARRIS of Greens Plains West, near Kadina, SA. He was residing at Mt Gambier at the outbreak of war and was single when he enlisted but married Ruby Pearl MARKS at Mt Gambier before embarking for overseas. His daughter Alma was born at Mt Gambier while he was on the Western Front. He was gassed near Aisne but returned to his battalion about a month later.

After the war he returned to Mt Gambier and ran a successful chaff, grain and timber business.  His son Lancelot was born in 1926. He was a noted hybrid gladioli breeder and won many show awards as well as exporting gladioli interstate and overseas. 

He died 1964 and is buried at the Lake Terrace Cemetery, Mt Gambier.