John Auguste Emile (Jack) HARRIS


HARRIS, John Auguste Emile

Service Number: 2251
Enlisted: 2 June 1915, Liverpool, NSW
Last Rank: Lance Corporal
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Sydney, NSW, 6 October 1899
Home Town: Waverley, Waverley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 8 August 1915, aged 15 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Liverpool, NSW
16 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2251, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
16 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2251, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Karoola, Sydney
8 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, SN 2251, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

LCpl John “Jack” Harris

From Anzac Memorial

#Onthisday in 1915, the 1st Australian Brigade gallantly charged towards the Turkish trenches at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.
Among them was 15-year-old John “Jack” Harris. Harris had arrived the night before the costly feint with the 2nd Battalion reinforcements. He was shot soon after he ascended the parapet into No Man’s Land on his first day in action.

Official correspondence declaring him “Killed in Action” was not released to his family until 10 November 1915.

By the early 1920s, The Harris Family received Jack’s commemorative scroll, memorial plaque and service medals.

They had the scroll framed, but the other objects remained untouched, still wrapped in its original packaging today.
The Harris collection is on display in the Anzac Memorial’s Centenary Exhibition.
#anzacmemorial #lestweforget #anzacs #commemoration #remembrance #firstworldwar #ww1 #sydney #sacrifice #gallipoli #lonepine #memorial #museum #exhibition #artefact #thingstodosydney


Lance Corporal John Auguste Emile Harris

From Peter Barnes, Australia and NZ in WWI

The photograph on this post is of Lance Corporal John Auguste Emile Harris from Waverley, Sydney, NSW.

He was a clerk before the war. He claimed to be 18 years old when he enlisted in June 1915.

John was killed in action at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, on the 8th of August 1915. He was in the 2nd Australian Infantry Battalion. He was last seen mortally wounded outside a Turkish trench after a charge towards the Turks.

In the two months of his service he had been promoted to Lance Corporal. After the war, his father wrote that John was 15 years and 10 months old at the time of his death.

It has been stated that he is the youngest Australian soldier to die in battle.

Some information and photograph came from the Australian War Memorial.

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Killed in Action at Gallipoli, two months shy of his 16th Birthday, the 15-year-old Lce.-Cpl. Harris is considered to be the youngest Australian soldier "killed in action" in the Great War, although another boy soldier 1553 Pte. James Charles Martin (/explore/people/71799), who died from a fever he contracted during his months in the Gallipoli trenches, was one year and three months younger.