David Edward Harrison
Private Harrison’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Harrison is buried in the Sucrerie, Albain-St.Nazaire Cemetery in France approximately 13 km north of Arras.
Grave II B.10
Milton Soldiers at the Sucrerie Albain-St. Nazaire Cemetery (Google Earth).
Private Harrison, who appears to go by the first name “Edward” is shown on his Attestation Papers to have been born in Hamilton Ontario with parents residing in Campbellville Ontario. The CWGC records (thus VAC and MLP) suggest he was from Nassagaweya, parents in Rockwood Ontario. He lists 3 years prior experience with the 11th Field Battery (Volunteer Militia) from Guelph Ontario. He was 34 years old when he attested in July 1915 in Calgary, Alberta.
Private Harrison attested to the 1st Draft of the 63rd Infantry Battalion, which was absorbed by the 9th Reserve Battalion, as confirmed by his number 466781 and his transport record. He served in France with the 10th Infantry Battalion (2nd Brigade, 1st Division), which had been reinforced by the 9th Reserve Battalion.
Private Harrison was first wounded in action at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. After he was discharged he passed through the 17th Infantry Battalion long enough to have it on his pay records, prior to returning to the 10th Infantry Battalion.
Private Hampson was killed in action on November 26, 1917. The War Diary of November 1917 details the 10th Battalion in active fighting in the 3rd Battle of Ypres (see Nicolson: Passchendaele), where apparently Harrison survived. Unit orders of November 11, 1917 note the 10th Battalion was “moving out” of Ypres to the Lens area (see Appendix 26 November 1917) to relieve the 4th Battalion in the front line. The war diary of November 27, 1917 does not report on any attacks by the 10th Battalion but does record significant artillery fire from the enemy, perhaps ending the life of Private Edward Harrison.
The Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Ottawa Canada shows two digital images for Private Harrison: