Ewart Edmund HARRIS

Badge Number: 1599, Sub Branch: St Peters

HARRIS, Ewart Edmund

Service Number: 743
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 12th Infantry Battalion
Born: Maidstone, Kent, England, date not yet discovered
Home Town: Port Broughton, Barunga West, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Daw Park, South Australia, 31 August 1969, cause of death not yet discovered, age not yet discovered
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: Port Broughton War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

17 Sep 1914: Involvement Private, 743, 12th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Geelong embarkation_ship_number: A2 public_note: ''
17 Sep 1914: Embarked Private, 743, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Melbourne
11 Nov 1918: Involvement Private, 743, 12th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by tony griffin


The son of Edmund and Annie Harris of Pemburg, near Tumbidge Wells in Kent, Ewart had emigrated to Australia and was working in the Port Broughton area as a farmhand.  His address in Port Broughton was c/- A. Eley.

Born in Maidstone, Kent, he was 26 years old when he enlisted at Morphettville on 4 September 1914. Posted to F Company 12 Battalion he entrained to Melbourne and embarked aboard HMAT A2 “Geelong” on 17 September 1914. The 12th landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and sometime between the landing and the 28th April Ewart received a bullet wound to his right thigh. He was invalided to England due to the serious nature of his wound. With a compound fracture of his right femur he was declared medically unfit and embarked for Australia from Plymouth aboard HMAT A29“Suevic” on 8 October 1915 and disembarked on 19 November. He was discharged in Adelaide on 15 June 1916.

In 1917 Ewart married Ruth Norwood Simpson and took up farming at Wall Flat near Mannum.