George Herbert (Bob) HARRIS

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HARRIS, George Herbert

Service Number: 4493
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)
Born: Thebarton, South Australia, 7 December 1929
Home Town: Mitcham, Mitcham, South Australia
Schooling: Hindmarsh and Mitcham Primary Schools
Occupation: Jackaroo
Died: Killed in Action, Korea, 24 April 1951, aged 21 years
Cemetery: United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, Korea
Originally interred at Tanggok Cemetery. Portion 19 Plot and Row 3 Grave No.1101
Memorials: Adelaide South East Asian Conflicts Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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Korean War Service

28 Sep 1950: Involvement Royal Australian Infantry Corps, Private, SN 4493, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR)
24 Apr 1951: Involvement Royal Australian Infantry Corps, Private, SN 4493, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3RAR), Kapyong

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

"Pte. George Herbert (Bob) Harris, of the 3rd Bn. Royal Australian Regiment, was killed in action in Korea on April 24 during heavy fighting early in the Communist offensive. Pte. Harris, who celebrated his 21st birthday in Korea on December 7 was a son of Mrs. E. M. Harris, of Yulinda avenue. Lower Mitcham, and the late Mr. A. G. Harris, who died as a result of injuries received in World War I. Mrs. Harris said last night that her son had been a member of the ARA [Australian Regular Army] for two and a half years and was in the first contingent to fly to Korea. Before enlisting he had worked as a jackeroo on stations on the East-West line. He had been educated at Hindmarsh and Mitcham Primary Schools. Harris had planned to marry Miss Shirley Collins, of Red Cliffs. Victoria, on his return from Korea." - from the Adelaide Advertiser 02 May 1951 (nla.gov.au)

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