Charles William Harris (1879–1918)


North Staffordshire Regiment 24674  
East Lancashire Regiment 29218  
Royal Defence Corps 71657  
Royal Engineers W.R. 343579  

Charles was born in 1879. Before joining the army he worked as a stone dresser. He died on 14th June 1918 while serving with the Inland Water Transport unit of the Royal Engineers, and is buried at Newport (St Woolos) Cemetery.

Medal Roll Index Cards
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Newspaper report

Derbyshire Courier
27 July 1918
Further details regarding supper Charles William Harris, RE of Whatstandwell whose death was reported last week are to hand. Sapper Harris was admitted to the third General Western Hospital, Newport, Mon. on 11th July, suffering from pneumonia following influenza. He succumbed the following Sunday. Sapper Harris, who was 39 years of age and being in the Army over two years, six months of which was spent in France. He was badly gassed and was invalid to England, and after recovery was engaged on naval constructional work. His remains were buried at Newport cemetery on Thursday with military honours, and a party of the Red Cross staff bearers. His brothers, Messieurs, Thomas and Joseph Harris attended the funeral.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials C W
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Sapper
Regiment/Service Corps of Royal Engineers
Service Number WR/343579
Unit Inland Water Transport
Date of Death 14/06/1918
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference 25. 173.

Wa graves certificate for Charles Harris in WW1

Charles Harris headstone in St Woolos Cemetery

Charles Harris headstine  1918

WR/343579 SAPPER
14TH JULY 1918

Soldiers' Effects Book
Charles William Harris; RE; Sapper WR/343579; died at Cardiff 14.7.18; War Gratuity £9 10s 0d; paid out to:
25.11.18 mother Hannah £9 7s 8d
25.11.18 guardian Arthur Green £1 11s 3d for children of dead sister Annie
2.1.20 mother Hannah £8 3s 0d
25.2.20 Arthur Green £1 7s 0d

Charles Harris's brother Samuel Harris is also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Harris Head 54 Gritstone quarryman Crich Carr
Hannah Harris wife 52   Crich
Emily Harris daughter 24 Grocers assistant Crich Carr
Charles W Harris son 21 Stone mason Whatstandwell
Thomas Harris son 19 Gritstone quarryman Whatstandwell
Samuel Harris son 16 Gritstone quarryman Whatstandwell
Joseph Harris son 13   Whatstandwell

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1911: Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Harris Head 64 Stone dresser Crich Carr
Hannah Harris wife 61   Crich
Charles William Harris son 31 Stone mason Crich Carr
Thomas Harris son 28 Stone dresser Crich Carr
Samuel Harris son 26 Stone dresser Crich Carr

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