Sydney Harrison (1897–1962)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and DerbyRegiment) 100030 2/7th & 1st Battalions

Photo courtesy Steve Chamberlain

Sydney Harrison photo in WW1

The newspaper report lists his four brothers but not him; however, the report was dated 20 February 1915 so perhaps he signed up after this date as he was only aged seventeen at the time.
Sidney Harrison, conscript May 1916 2/7th battalion [Steve Morse]

Sydney married Constance Berrisford, the sister of Leonard Berrisford, in December qtr 1926 (Belper reg district)

Medal Roll Index Cards
Sidney Harrison. Private 100030, awarded Victory and British War medals

Newspaper Reports

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.

Derbyshire Courier, 8 September 1917
Pte S. Harrison, Crich

Derbyshire Courier, 24 November 1917
Private Sidney Harrison one of the soldier sons of Mr and Mrs William Harrison of Roes Lane, Crich, is wounded and in hospital. Private Harrison wrote home from Boulogne Stationary Hospital stating that he was wounded in the right hand. He has had thirteen months in France. In his letter he says, "Be sure to send me the Courier" His brother Bombardier Herbert Harrison who was admitted to the St George's Hospital, London, about a month ago suffering from gas poisoning has now been moved to Wimbledon Hospital. He writes to say he is improving. His voice and sight which temporarily had left him are now gradually returning.
News reached Crich on Wednesday that Private Wilfred Thorpe, of Plaistow Hall, has been wounded in action in France.No further details were to hand.

Derbyshire Courier, 22 March 1919
Amongst Crich soldiers at present on leave from France and Belgium are Ptes. Sydney Harrison (Roes Lane), and Cpl. J. Hartshorne (Browns Hill). Pte Charles Ludlam (Mill Green) is on hospital leave.

Photos courtesy Steve Chamberlain

Sydney Harrison and two friends in WW1

Sydney Harrison on the right
Could the other two be his brothers?

Photo of Sydney harrison

Sydney Harrison in civvis

Sydney Harrison's brothers Ernest Harrison, Arthur Harrison, Herbert 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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1918 Crich voters
Sydney Harrison, Roes Lane; absent on military service

1939 Register: Folds Yard, Crich
Sydney Harrison b.24 October 1897; Lorry Driver (Heavy Worker)
Constance A Harrison b.26 September 1904
Eileen Longden (Harrison) b.8 March 1934; school
Joan Chamberlain (Harrison) b.19 May 1938; school
Two closed records