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Ivor Harris


Date and Place of Birth: April 8, 1896 Lower Alma, South Australia
Date and Place of Death:    April 11, 1917 Bullecourt, France
Baseball Experience: Amateur
Position: Unknown
Rank: Sergeant
Military Unit: 48th Battalion Australian Infantry
Area Served: Mediterranean and France

Ivor Harris was born in Lower Alma, near Hamley Bridge, South Australia on April 8, 1896. He attended the local school and moved to Mile End, Adelaide with his parents, William and Elizabeth, in 1911, where he worked for James Smith & Company (a drapery business) and played baseball with the St. James' Church club.

Harris enlisted in February 1915, and left South Australia in June, landing at Gallipoli on July 30. He took part in the Battle of Lone Pine against Turkish forces in August 1915. He then spent several months in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, where he contracted typhoid, In June 1916, he went to France and fought in the Battle of Pozières, where he received two wounds, but remained on duty.

Serving with the 48th Battalion, 21-year-old Sergeant Harris was killed in action on April 11, 1917 at Bullecourt, France. Ivor Harris is buried at Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-Les-Mofflaines, France.


Adelaide Chronicle March 16, 1918

Date Added: February 25, 2013

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