Gordon Edward HARRIS

HARRIS, Gordon Edward

Service Number: VX91739
Enlisted: 19 March 1943
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Benalla, Victoria, Australia, 17 December 1917
Home Town: Mansfield, Mansfield, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Dallman River, New Guinea, 8 January 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: Lae War Cemetery
Cemetery/memorial reference: EE. D. 15., Lae War Cemetery, Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement Private, VX91739
19 Mar 1943: Enlisted Private, VX91739, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
19 Mar 1943: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, VX91739, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion
8 Jan 1944: Involvement Private, VX91739, 2nd/17th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns

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Biography contributed by Jeffrey Crisdale

Pte Gordon Edward Harris, A Coy, 2/17 Bn, was killed by a sniper's bullet soon after crossing the Dallman River, when acting as lead scout for his Platoon Section.

[Source publication: "A History of 2/17 Australian Infantry Battalion 1940-45"]