HARRIS, George Alfred
(Service number 4/1353)
|First Rank||Sapper||Last Rank|
|Date||6/4/1893||Place of Birth|
|Address at Enlistment||Gladstone House, King Street, Waihi|
|Occupation||Goldminer, Waihi Grand Junction Mining Company|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||A. Harris (father), Winchester, South Canterbury|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Engineers, Tunneling Company|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Headquarters, No. 1 Relief|
|Date||8 December 1915|
|Embarked From||Auckland||Destination||Plymouth, Devon|
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|Memorial or Cemetery||Temuka Cemetery|
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George was one of eight children born to Alfred and Louisa Harris of Temuka.
Sapper George Alfred HARRIS 4/1353 was a member of the NZ Tunnelling Company. He enlisted in Waihi, where he was a miner employed by the Grand Junction Mining Company.
After the war he returned to Orakipaoa, South Canterbury where he took up farming. He married Margaret Agnew in 1923. George Harris had a long association with the Temuka RSA, holding the positions of secretary and president over the years. He was awared an MBE for public and municipal servces, including serving as MAyor of Temuka, in 1960.
Harris is buried in Temuka Cemetery.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [10 October 2017]; SCRoll web submission by R Ramsey, 27 September 2017
Researched and Written by
Tony Rippin, South Canterbruy Museum
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