Arthur Walker Harrison (1889–1944)

Lance Corporal

(Royal) Army Service Corps T4/262598  

Photo courtesy Rosamund Tanner-Tremaine

photo of Arthur Walker Harrison

Arthur Walker Harrison was born at Crich in 1889. He was the youngest of the children of Lewis Walker Harrison and Caroline Froggatt.
Prior to the war Arthur had worked for the Midland Railway as a goods porter, initially at Whatstandwell from 1904 and later at the stations at Matlock Bath, Cromford and Rowsley. Immediately prior to enlistment he was working as an insurance agent. Though Arthur’s service records have not survived, his army pension records confirm that he enlisted in the army at Bakewell on 18th November 1915, joining the Army Service Corps, initially with the rank of Driver. Arthur served in France from 18th November 1916 as part of the British Expeditionary Force. During active service Arthur suffered with appendicitis and underwent an appendectomy operation in France in June 1917, subsequently being transferred to Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester. He saw out the remainder of his military service in England. During February 1919 he was treated for inflammation of the stomach and was transferred to the Norfolk War Hospital near Norwich where his condition was confirmed as gastritis. He was honourably discharged on 24th February 1919 on account of gastritis. By the time he was discharged from the army he had attained the rank of Acting Lance Corporal. Arthur was awarded the standard Victory Medal and British War Medal, and also the Silver War Badge, which was awarded to all military personnel who had served at home or overseas since 4th August 1914 and who had been discharged because of wounds or illness.
After he was honourably discharged from the army Arthur lived in the Derby area, latterly residing at Alvaston. Arthur’s pension records show that he suffered with ill health in the years immediately after his discharge from the army and he appears to have been awarded a war pension. In his later years Arthur was employed as a works policeman at a local artificial silk works, probably at British Celanese Ltd at nearby Spondon. He married Doris Smith in 1940. They had no children.
Arthur Walker Harrison passed away at Alvaston on 15th July 1944, aged fifty-four years, of causes linked to gastritis. He was laid to rest in the churchyard of Christ Church at Alsager, Cheshire.
Arthur’s nephews Norman Henson and George Henry Henson are also listed on the Roll of Honour, as is Arthur’s cousin Henry Rawson.

With thanks to Simon Johnson

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

Silver War Badge
Driver (Lance Corporal) Arthur Walker Harrison, 262598; Royal Army Service Corps; Badge B/152325; Enlisted 18/11/15, Discharged 24/2/19.

Army Pension Record
Arthur Harrison, born Crich, examined 17 November 1915 aged 27 years and 330 days. Insurance agent. Height 5ft 10in, weight 147lb. Had appendix problem and suffered from rheumatic fever four years ago (laid up for 14 weeks).
Home 1/3/16
B.E.F. 18/11/16
Home 23/6/17

In Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich (formerly the Norfolk County Asylum). Had an appendectomy operation in France 12 June 1917.
Treatment at Derby Royal Infirmary from 3 April 1921 to 14 June 1921, then outpatient between 22 July 1921 and 4 November 1921.
22/6/17 to 28/7/17 Dorset Hospital with appendicitis
6/2/19 to 8/2/19 Waltham Lodge Fd. Ambulance with inflammation of the stomach
8/2/19 to 24/2/19 Norfolk War Hospital with gastritis

Photo of Norfolk War Hospital
The Norfolk Asylum (St Andrew's Hospital)
© Evelyn Simak


1891 Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Lewis Harrison Head 44 Farm Labourer Crich
Caroline Harrison wife 40   Matlock
Harriet Harrison daughter 13   Crich
Arthur Harrison son 2   Crich

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1901: Crich Common

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Caroline W Harrison Head (wdw) 49   Matlock
Arthur Harrison son 12   Crich
Frank Ward lodger 26 Railway engine driver Chesterfield

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1911: Rowsley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Arthur Harrison boarder 22 Porter Guard MRC Crich

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1939 Register: Coronation Avenue, Shardlow
Arthur W Harrison b.19 January 1889 ; Works Police Sergeant