Corporal Alec Walter Harris

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

4 Feb 1917

War time / or Pre War occupation



Balmforth's Iron Foundry

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

23 Jubilee Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death

Somme (Ancre)

Grave Location

Ancre British Cemetery

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 22nd February 1917
Cpl Alec Walter Harris


Cpl Alec Walter Harris, 23642, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in the valley of the River Ancre on the Somme on February 4th, 1917. He was just 25 and single.

Born in Luton in 1892, he was the son of labourer Albert and straw hat machinist Selina Harris, of 23 Jubilee Street, Luton. Alec (Alic on his birth registration) was the couple's four son.

Prior to enlistment in November 1915, Alec was employed at Balmforth's Iron Foundry in Pondwicks Road, having previously been a straw hat packer employed by Charles Robinson in Cheapside. He went to France in July 1916.

By tragic irony, the fiancee of Cpl Frederick Victor Wesley, who was killed in action a few days earlier - on January 26th - was living with Mrs Harris in Jubilee Street.


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Cpl Alec Walter Harris

Author: Deejaya

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