Richard Oliver HARRISON


HARRISON, Richard Oliver

Service Numbers: 13414, V43524
Enlisted: 4 January 1940
Last Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Last Unit: No. 37 Squadron (RAAF)
Born: Dublin, Ireland, 17 February 1919
Home Town: Inverleigh, Golden Plains, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Accidental (Ground Accident), Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Essendon, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1 January 1945, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Springvale War Cemetery, Melbourne, Victoria
1.S.A.4, Springvale War Cemetery, Springvale, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Inverleigh War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Involvement SN 13414
4 Jan 1940: Enlisted Australian Military Forces (Army WW2), Private, SN V43524
10 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, No. 37 Squadron (RAAF)
10 Mar 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Leading Aircraftman, SN 13414, No. 37 Squadron (RAAF)

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Son of Geoffrey and Annie Irwin Harrison of Inverleigh, Victoria

LAC Harrison from Number 37 Squadron at Essendon aerodrome was killed on New Years’ day 1945

He was a passenger in a car that overturned near the corner of Bulla Road and Dublin Street in North Essendon after a wheel of the car struck a culvert.  There were 7 people in the car - Richard Brookman (the driver of the car) and LAC Harrison were pronounced dead on arrival at the new Royal Melbourne Hospital

Another passenger, Sapper James Foote Smith NX68018 of 52 Port Craft Company Royal Australian Engineers, died the next day.

LAC Ernest James Oldknow RAAF 8590 suffered head injuries and was transferred to Heidelberg Military Hospital - he was discharged from the RAAF 27 Apr 1945

Also injured were Mr John Wilcox, Mrs Portbury and her son, Keith Portbury aged 6 years