Alfred Harris 1881-1917

Alfred William Harris husband of Adelaide Harris (Musgrove)
father of Herbert and Ruby Harris. When he was killed Herbert was 2 Ruby was 1. He is buried in the Beersheeba War Cemetery Israel. It is 43 Kilometres south-east of Gaza. Bottom left the plaque issued to all soldiers who died in the Great War with the accompanying letter from King George the Fifth.

George's Story3

By October 1917, General Allenby's force had been entrenched in front of a strong Turkish position along the Gaza-Beersheba road for some months, but they were now ready to launch an attack with Beersheba as its first objective. On 31 October, the attack was carried out by the XXth Corps (10th, 53rd, 60th and 74th Divisions) on the west, and the Desert Mounted Corps on the east. That evening the 4th Australian Light Horse Brigade charged over the Turkish trenches into the town. The cemetery was made immediately on the fall of the town, remaining in use until July 1918, by which time 139 burials had been made It was greatly increased after the Armistice when burials were brought in from a number of scattered sites and small burial grounds. The cemetery now contains 1,241 Commonwealth burials

In Memory of
Alfred William Harris
683673, 2nd/22nd Bn., London Regement
who died age 36
on 7th November 1917
Alfred HARRIS, Son of Lambert Harris, of London:

husband of A. M. Harris, of 112, Highbury Park, London.
Remembered with honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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