59741 Private John Harrison
(Previous no. 3310, Manchester Regiment)
16th Battalion Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment
Died 22nd February 1919 Buried 26th February 1919
Catterick Military Hospital
Admitted: Catterick Military hospital 3rd February 1919-22nd February 1919. Relatives were not present at death.
Telegram informing Mr Thomas Harrison, father, of John Harrison's death was returned as Post Office stated that they could not find the address given, 11 Featherstall Road, Oldham. Another telegram was sent to Mrs Margaret Brown, 307 Lees Street, Oldham on 26th February 1919.
Summary of Military Career.
Enlisted: 12th August 1914, Ashton under Lyne.
Age: 22 years and 331 days. 5ft 8 3/4". Chest: 35". Occupation: labourer. Next of kin: Thomas Harrison, 6 John Street, Oldham, father.
Home: 14th August 1914-5th July 1915
Mediterranean Expeditionary Force: 6th July 1915-27th September 1915. Admitted onto Hospital Ship Neuralia, diagnosed Enteric (something that affects the intestines or possible dysentery) and invalided back to England via Alexandria on 9th October 1915.
Home: 28th September 1915-18th April 1916. Admitted to Military Hospital, Aylesbury 28th September 1915-23rd December 1915, diagnosis Enteric convalescing. Telegram sent to Mrs M Brown, 307 Lee Street, Oldham confirming his admission. Given leave 23rd December 1915-2nd February 1916, address given 11 Featherstall Road, Oldham. Infantry Records Office, No. 3 District, Preston requested Next of Kin details from Military Hospital Aylesbury, they were given as Thomas Harrison, 11 Featherstall Road, Oldham.
British Expeditionary Force France: 19th April 1916-20th July 1918. Whilst stationed in France, John Harrison was admitted to 38 Casualty Clearing Station, Heilly near the Somme on 10th March 1917-31st March 1917 suspected of being a Dysentery carrier, he was serving with 2nd Manchester Regiment. Given leave 29th August 1917-7th September 1917.
Home: July 1918-22nd February 1919. Given leave 1st November 1918-11th November 1918, at 307 Lee Street, Oldham from Queen Mary's Hospital, Whalley, Lancashire. 3310 Private Harrison, 'C' Company, 2nd Manchester Regiment.
13th November 1918 joined 3rd Battlion, Manchester Regiment.
4th January 1919 transferred to 16th (Territorial) Yorkshire and Lancaster Regiment, Barnard Castle. It was documented as a compulsory and permanent move.
John Harrison was court martialled on a number of occasions during his army career for being absent without leave (he was absent without leave on other occasions but these were dealt with within unit). He received custodial sentences.
27th February 1915 until apprehended on 3rd March 1915, Ashton under Lyne, he was sentenced to 28 days at Grantham.
2nd May 1915-17th May 1915, sentenced to 42 days at Witley Camp, Surrey.
8th September 1917. Court martialled 19th October 1917, sentenced three months.
John Harrison received Victory Medal, British Medal and 1915 Star. Theatre of war he had served in: Balkans (Southern Front) 6th July 1915.
Soldiers Personal Effects Register: recipient brother Roger.
John Harrison was born 1890, St Marys, Oldham. His parents were John Harrison and Catherine. Both parents were born in Long ford, Ireland. John Harrison snr was a bricklayers labourer. Army records state that his father is called Thomas but think this is an error.
Information received from his aunt dated 28th October 1919 gave following details:
Brothers: Roger Harrison age 36, 2 Silver Street, Oldham and James Harrison age 27, 26 Reserve Battery, 3 Subsection, Victoria Barracks, Athlone, Ireland.
Only living aunt: Margaret Brown, 307 Lee Street, Oldham. 1911 Census Patrick and Margaret Brown are living at 307 Lee Street, Margaret's place of birth is given as Sligo, Ireland.
Remembered on Oldham War Memorial.