Charles Oliver HARRISON

HARRISON, Charles Oliver

Service Number: 2292
Enlisted: 28 February 1916
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 56th Infantry Battalion
Born: London, England, December 1893
Home Town: Forster, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 30 July 1920, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Sandgate Cemetery, ANGLICAN 1-16. 128.
Memorials: Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers KIA Honour Roll, Parramatta NSW Public School Teachers Who Served Abroard Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

28 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2292, 54th Infantry Battalion
19 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2292, 54th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Boorara, Sydney
19 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2292, 54th Infantry Battalion
31 Jan 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 54th Infantry Battalion
21 Mar 1917: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2292, 54th Infantry Battalion, GSW to wrist
11 Oct 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Lance Corporal, 56th Infantry Battalion
19 Oct 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 2292, 56th Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll lists Charles Harrison as Temporary Cpl

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

‎Gary Mitchell‎, Australia and New Zealand in WWI

Three years later, finally commemorated.
Temporary Corporal Charles Oliver Harrison, 56th Battalion, school teacher from Mosquito Island, New South Wales, was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery on the 30th July 1920, age 26. ANGLICAN 1-16. 128.
Born at London, United Kingdom Oct-Dec 1893 to John W and Rachel C Harrison nee Oliver of 56 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom, Charles enlisted February 1916 with the 54th Battalion at Bathurst, N.S.W.
Wounded in action - 31.3.1917 (shrapnel wound, right wrist) and was gassed, date unknown, Charles was invalided home August 1919.

His name has been inscribed on the Mosquito Island Roll of Honour, Public School Teachers who Served Abroad World War 1 Honour Roll, Public School Teachers World War 1 Honour Roll, Cooks Hill Superior Public School Roll of Honour and The Capt. Clarence Smith Jeffries (V.C.) and Pte. William Matthew Currey (V.C.) Memorial Wall. Possibly Newington College World War 1 Honour Roll.

Mr Harrison’s name has not been inscribed on the Wickham Superior Public School Roll of Honour.

I submitted an application for a Commonwealth War Graves Plaque May 2016, and was accepted July 2016.

However, due to a protracted disagreement of where to place the plaque (Mr Harrison’s gravesite has a headstone), Australian War Graves insisted on the plaque to placed at the Garden of Remembrance at Rookwood, Sydney.

I persisted with my request for the plaque to be placed at Mr Harrison’s gravesite.

I will be seeking funds for this grave to be restored from the Education Department so we can honour the 100th anniversary of this forgotten school teacher’s passing, who gave his life for God, King and Country.
Lest We Forget.