Arthur Harrison (1899–1958)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 3206 2/5th Battalion

Photo courtesy Vera Street

Arthur Harrison

Arthur Harrison was born in 1899. In October 1914 he attempted to enlist with the Sherwood Forests along with other Crich men. However, he was only aged fifteen (as was a fellow enlister Nelson Bollongton). Nelson's age was soon discovered and he was not allowed to join at this time. Arthur's real age was not discovered until August 1915 when he was discharged for giving a "misstatement" as to his age. He had served 282 days serving with the Foresters.

He married Doris Gertrude Wood in 1929 and died in 1958.

Army Service Record [With thanks to Steve Morse]
He enlisted at Crich on 29 October 1914 into the 5th Reserve Battalion Notts & Derbyshire Regiment (No 3206) ; address Roes Lane, Crich. His attestation was witnessed by Ian Pendlebury Macdonald.

Attested Pte 29/10/14
Embodied Service 29/10/14 to 6/8/15
Discharged under K.R. Para 392 (vi) having made a misstatement as to age .
Good character.

Home 29/10/14 to 6/8/15
Father William Harrison, Roes Lane, Crich
Mother Catherine Harrison, Roes Lane, Crich
Brother Bert Harrison, Roes Lane, Crich

Medical Inspection Report
Arthur Harrison ; apparent age 18 yrs; Height 5ft 6in; declared fit for service by Dr H J Rankin 20 October 1914

Discharge Document
3206 Private Arthur Harrison ; Sherwood Foresters 2/5th Battalion; Date of discharge 6 August 1915 at Dunstable
Age 15yr 10mo; height 5ft 8in; fresh complexion; blue eyes; brown hair; a collier; address Roes Lane, Crich
Reason for discharge – having made a misstatement as to age on enlistment. KR 392 (vi)a
Good character.
282 days service

Photo courtesy Vera Street

Arthur Harrison wedding in 1929


Newspaper report

Derbyshire Advertiser 20th February 1915
Crich figures amongst the list of Rural Parishes that has sent four sons from one family to serve with the colours. This proud distinction is claimed by Mr and Mrs Harrison of Roes Lane Crich who will have four sons in his Majesty's forces. Gunner Herbert Harrison is with the 4th Coy. Royal Field Artillery, at Swanage, Pte William Harrison another brother having been at the front since Sept. serving with the 2nd Battalion Sherwood Foresters, the third son Gunner Ernest Harrison is station at Sheerness, being attached to the 22nd Coy Ravelin Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, whilst the youngest son Pte. Arthur Harrison is serving with the 5th Bttn. Sherwood Foresters, at present stationed at Hoddesdon, Herts.

Arthur Harrison's brothers Herbert Harrison, Ernest Harrison, Sydney Harrison and William Harrison are also on the Roll of Honour.


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Harrison Head 44 Wire drawer Winster
Catherine Harrison wife 43   Crich
Fred Harrison son 16 Coal miner Crich
Ernest Harrison son 15 Coal miner Crich
William Harrison son 13 Coal miner Crich
Annie Harrison daughter 12   Crich
Hida M Harrison daughter 7   Crich
Sydney Harrison son 3   Crich
Arthur Harrison son 1   Crich
Sarah Holmes sister in law (single) 39 Hosiery factory hand Crich

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1911: Near Church, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
William Harrison Head 54 Wire drawer Winster
Catherine Harrison wife 52 Housewife Crich
Fred Harrison son 26 Collier hewer Crich
Ernest Harrison son 25 Labourer cinder bank Butterley co Crich
William Harrison son 24 Unemployed Crich
Annie Harrison daughter 22 Spinner rug Lea Mills Crich
Hida Rose Harrison daughter 17 Spinner rug Lea Mills Crich
Sydney Harrison son 13 Apprentice grocer Crich
Arthur Harrison son 11 Schoolboy Crich
Sarah Holmes lodger 39 Ironer Lea Mills Crich

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1939 Register: The Fleet, Belper
Arthur Harrison b.10 October 1899; Art silk grocers worker
Doris G Harrison b.16 August 1897
Dorothy L Thompson (Harrison) b.27 January 1930
Enid M Wainwright (Harrison) b.23 January 1931
Closed record
Mary Wood b.10 November 1873