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Forename(s): Joseph

Place of Birth: Salford, Lancashire

Service No: 6995

Rank: Sergeant

Regiment / Corps / Service: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 6th (Service) Battalion

Division: 13th (Western) Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1915-07-25

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 114 to 118.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)

Additional Information:

Joseph Harrison was the son of Frederick and Mary Harrison, née Kelly. Frederick was born at or near Chatburn, Lancashire and Mary in Ireland.

1881 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 37, Westmorland Street - Joseph Harrison, aged 9 years, born Manchester, Lancashire, son of Frederick and Mary Harrison.

Joseph was married to Sarah Irwin at Portsmouth, Hampshire on the 24 June 1899.

1911 Dulwich, London Census: 16, Dekker Road - Joseph Harrison, aged 38 years, born Manchester, Lancashire, husband of Sarah Harrison. [Joseph gave his occupation as a Commissionaire.]

The British Army Pension Record for Joseph Harrison (2872) exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Sgt Joseph Harrison, 6995, 6th East Lancashire Regiment. Theatre of War first served in: 2B [Balkans]. Date of entry therein: 14 June 1915.

Joseph is commemorated by Bolton Remembers: an online reference documenting Bolton's war dead (

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Sergeant Joseph HARRISON

Sergeant Joseph HARRISON

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: East Lancashire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 13th (Western) Division

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Forename(s): Joseph

Born: Salford, Lancs

Residence: Battersea, Surrey

Enlisted: London

Number: 6995

Rank: Sergt

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Battalion: 6th Battalion


Died Date: 25/07/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Gallipoli


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Forename(s): Joseph

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6995

Rank: Serjeant

Regiment: East Lancashire Regiment

Unit: 6th Bn.



Died Date: 25/07/1915

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BRITISH REGIMENTS AT GALLIPOLI, by Ray Westlake (Pen & Sword Books Limited 1996)

6th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

JULY 1915
Moved forward to front line positions – western branch, Achi Baba Nullah (22nd). Relieved (29th) and to dug-outs in Krithia Nullah.

[Joseph Harrison was killed in action on the 25th.]



6th (Service) Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

The Battalion was attached to the Royal Naval Division from July 18th, moving up that day by companies to the front line in a sector where the trenches were observed to be ‘not so good as those we had left,’ and there was much digging to do. In this quarter less than a week earlier had been fought the action of Achi Baba Nullah and work upon the captured line was still proceeding. Many bodies, both friend and foe, still lay unburied…The Turkish bombardments were severe . . . On the 22nd July the new sector [to the left of the western branch of Achi Baba Nullah] was taken over in daylight. A Turkish attack was expected, but, although there were heavy bombardments and much rifle-fire, the hostile infantry made no move . . . On July 29th the battalion was relieved.

[Joseph Harrison was killed on the 25th July.]


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17 September 1915

HARRISON – August 11th, killed while leading his Company in the Dardanelles, Company Sergt-Major Joseph Harrison, 6th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment, and formerly of Skipton.

17 September 1915


Company Sergeant Major Joseph Harrison, who commenced life as a printer in the ‘Craven Herald’ works about 30 years ago, and subsequently became a soldier, has been killed in action at the Dardanelles while leading his company in action on August 11th last. The information comes to us from Sergt. Harry Minikin, a Skipton man serving with the 7th East Lancashire Regiment in France. Sergt.-Major Harrison, whose father was at one time employed as a cutter in the then tailoring establishment of Mr. I. Chadwick, Swadford Street, Skipton, enlisted in the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in April, 1890, at Burnley. He was drafted to Newry, Ireland, and the same year was sent to India, where he was stationed at Benares and Lucknow. He went through the cholera epidemic at the latter place in 1894, when the regiment lost many men. The deceased was with his regiment at the Relief of Chitral in 1895 and received the medal and clasp. The following year the regiment went to Burmah. The Battalion returned to England at Christmas of 1897. Harrison was also with his regiment in South Africa in 1899 and possessed the Queen’s medal with three clasps and the King’s medal with two clasps. Returning home to 1902 he served in Ireland and England until his retirement on a pension with the long service and good conduct medals in 1910. He then joined the Corps of Commissionaires in London where he was employed by Messrs. Crawley, Arnold and Co., solicitors, Arlington Street, S.W., as clerk and messenger. He rejoined the 6th Battalion of his old regiment when war broke out last year, and went to the Dardanelles in May. He was a popular soldier, and his loss is keenly regretted by his regiment.

Sergeant Minikin, who is in France, adds that he, himself, is keeping in the best of health, and remarks, “I feel pleased when I read the Skipton papers and see how well Skipton has responded to the call. But more and more men are wanted. It behoves us all to do our very best to get this job finished. Talking won’t do it, but doing will. If those who go in for striking in England only knew what they say out here about them they would hide themselves with shame. There is no bonus out here, nor yet overtime pay, although there is plenty of overtime which is done without grousing or complaining.”


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