HARRISON, NATHAN 25987 L/Cpl 2nd Battalion 25th Brigade 8th Division

THE PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF WALES’S (ROYAL BERKSHIRE REGIMENT)

Born Ulnes Walton  Enlisted and Living Reading

Killed in Action  France / Flanders  27th April 1918

Ref: ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919’, Part 52.

Preston Guardian Sat 11th May 1918

The death in action is officially reported of L/Cpl N. Harrison, Royal Berkshire Regiment, Prospect Park, Reading and formerly of Leyland. He was 40 years of age and joined the Army about 2 years ago prior to which he was Park Constable at Reading.

In a letter to Mrs Harrison his Company officer writes:- ‘He was killed whilst carrying out some very fine work. He was an excellent fellow, one of the best shots we had, and was admired by everybody in the Company.’ Cpl Harrison leaves a widow and two children.

A Memorial Inscription on the family grave in St. James’s Churchyard records:-

Nathan Harrison

Killed in Action in France

April 14th, 1918

Nathan Harrison’s name appears on the following local memorials:-

War Memorial, Church Road, Leyland

St. James Memorial, Moss Side, Leyland

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Nathan Harrison is buried in the:-

CRUCIFIX CORNER CEMETERY, VILLERS-BRETONNEUX, SOMME, FRANCE

Grave Ref: Plot III  Row A  Grave 16.

Husband of Sarah Jane Harrison of 10 Wantage Road, Reading. Age 36.

Villers-Bretonneux is some 16 km east of Amiens on the N29-E44 road to St. Quentin. The cemetery is 2 km south of the village on the D23 road to Démuins.

‘British Regiments, 1914-18’, Brig. E. A. James.

The 2nd Battalion of the Royal Berks. Regiment was at Jhansi, India at the outbreak of war. Sailing from India August 20th 1914, they landed in England on October 22nd and joined the 25th Brigade 8th Division at Winchester. They landed at Havre November 5th, 1914 and the end of the war saw them with the same brigade and division at Pommeroeul, west of Mons, in Belgium.

‘Records’, Capt. E. A. James.

The 8th Division, of which the 2nd Royal Berkshires was a part, was fighting in III Corps Fourth Army, and was engaged in the ‘Actions of Villers Bretonneux’, 24-25th April 1918. On the 27th Nathan Harrison was killed in action.

Note:- Nathan Harrison’s date of death on the family gravestone, April 14th, is at variance with ‘Soldiers Died’ and the ‘C.W.G.C.’ , both of which have April 27th, 1918. We also have two ages at the time of his death: 40 in the Preston Guardian report, and 36 in the C.W.G.C. details.

Harrison, Nathan. WE Waring 2003