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Place of Birth: Carleton-in-Craven, Yorkshire
Service No: ---
Regiment / Corps / Service: Mercantile Marine
Battalion / Unit: S.S. 'Umgeni' (London)
Date of Death: 1917-11-09
CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: ---
CWGC Cemetery: ---
CWGC Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
Non-CWGC Burial: ---
Local War Memorial(s): Not Listed (View Names Not Listed on a Local War Memorial)
Richard (born 17 June 1855) was the son of Joseph and Grace Harrison, née Lowcock. Joseph was born at Earby and Grace at Carleton-in-Craven, Yorkshire.
1861 Carleton-in-Craven, Yorkshire Census: Farm House - Richard Harrison, aged 5 years, born Carlton, son of Joseph Harrison, Widower. [Grace died in 1858; Joseph then married Anne Hartley in 1862.]
1871 Skipton, Yorkshire Census: 24, Newmarket Street - Richard Harrison, aged 15 years, born Skipton. Medical Pupil. [Richard was boarding with William Macnab, Medical Practitioner.]
1891 Willesden, Middlesex Census: Park House, Church End - Richard Harrison, aged 34 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire. General Practitioner. [Richard is described as a visitor to Leonard Roberts, General Practitioner.]
Richard was married to Helen Alicia Windham in 1898. At the time of his marriage, in London, Richard was a resident of Burnham Overy, Norfolk.
1901 London Census: 18, Mecklenburgh Square - Richard Harrison, aged 42 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire. Physician and Surgeon. Husband of Helena Harrison.
Helena died in 1908?; Richard then married Katherina Dantermann in 1913. Katherina was born in Bavaria, Germany, c. 1879.
Richard is named on the Crew List of the S.S. 'Highland Brae' 31/12/14 - 00/00/1915. The ‘Highland Brae,’ a passenger ship, was captured by the German auxiliary cruiser ‘Kronprinz Wilhelm’ in the Atlantic on the 14 January 1915. Those on board were transferred to the Bremen collier ‘Holger.’ The ‘Highland Brae’ was kept afloat and scuttled on 31 January. Afterwards the raider’s prisoners were taken to Buenos Ayres, which they reached on the 17 February. From there they returned to England. The 'Holger' was interned by the Argentine Government.
The following text is courtesy of Brian Watson of the Benjidog Tower Hill website: http://www.benjidog.co.uk/Tower%20Hill/WW1%20Umgeni%20to%20Van%20Stirum.html#Umgeni.
Umgeni was a 2,662 GRT steam cargo ship completed in 1898 by Laing James & Sons Ltd. for Bullard, King & Co. She departed the Clyde on 7 November 1917 bound for Liverpool and Lagos but was last contacted on 9 November and not seen again. She is understood to have foundered in a gale somewhere to the West of Ireland.
Data Source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---
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