HARRIS, Edward
(Service number 7/2018)

Aliases Peter
First Rank Captain Last Rank Captain


Date Unknown Place of Birth Schoolhouse, Christ's College, Christchurch

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment
Occupation Sheep farmer
Previous Military Experience Captain of the Geraldine Rifles
Marital Status Married.Four children.
Next of Kin Mrs Margaret HARRIS (wife), 19 Dyer's Pass Road, Christchurch
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 9th Reinforcements Canterbury Mounted Rifles, C Squadron
Date 8 January 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Pioneer Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards Mentioned in Despatches (MiD)

Award Circumstances and Date

This Officer's Company was engaged in digging a communication trench from Crest trench to Switch Trench on 16th September. The ground over which they had to work was heavily shelled by the enemy. Captain Harris laid off the tasks and kept the men at work until the Company was withdrawn after six hours work. Captain Harris's coolness and encouragement kept his men working in spite of casualties and the fact that the trench was continually blown in. He was wounded approximately an hour before the Company was withdrawn. He died on the 18th September. L.G. 4 January 1917, p262, Rec No 441.

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Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
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Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 18 September 1916 Age 47 yrs
Place of Death
Cause Died of wounds
Memorial or Cemetery Demancourt Communal Cemetery extension, Somme, France
Memorial Reference III. A. 13.
New Zealand Memorials Memorial wall, Timaru; St Mary's Church, Geraldine: Geraldine War Memorial; Woodbury War Memorial

Biographical Notes

Youngest son of Archdeacon William Chambers & Matilda Louisa (nee SANDERS) HARRIS, of Christchurch, New Zealand; husband of Margaret HARRIS (nee CAMPBELL; married 1902), of 19 Dyers Pass Rd., Christchurch. Always followed a pastoral life; station manager


Cenotaph Database [17 October 2013]; CWGC [23 October 2013]; Press, 17 June 1885 (PapersPast) [23 October 2013];North Otago Times, 28 September 1916 (Paperspast) [13 October 2013]; Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Canterbury) [23 Octobere 2013]

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