Poppy Herbert Augustus HARRIS (1893–1915) Poppy

Herbert Augustus Harris was born at 103 Kingston Road, Oxford on 10 October 1893, the son of Reuben Harris (born in Slough in c.1859) and Mary Harriet Mainey (born in Liverpool in c.1863). His parents were married in the West Derby registration district in the fourth quarter of 1887 and had four children:

  • Reuben Fred Harris (born at Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool, registered first quarter of 1889)
  • Beatrice Mary Harris (born at Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool in c.1892)
  • Herbert Augustus Harris (born at 103 Kingston Road, Oxford on 10 October 1893 and baptised at SS Philip & James Church on 19 November 1893)
  • Nora Margaret Harris (born in Oxford on 26 March 1900 and baptised at St Margaet’s Church on 23 April 1900).

In 1881 Herbert’s father Reuben Harris was a butler in the household of the Vicar of Walton-on- the-Hill, Liverpool. He continued as a butler in Walton after his marriage, but lived in his own home: the 1891 census shows him at 19 Hampden Street with his wife and eldest son).

In about 1893 the family moved down to Oxford, where Herbert’s father got work as a butler in a College. They had three addresses in Kingston Road (originally in SS Philip & James parish, but in St Margaret’s parish from 1896). They first lived at No. 103, but by the time of Nora’s baptism in 1900 had moved to No. 169.

In about 1904 the family moved to 170 Kingston Road in St Margaret’s parish. At the time of the 1911 census Herbert’s father was still a college servant, and his three eldest children were establishing themselves in careers: Reuben (22) was a bank clerk and Beatrice (18) was a pupil teacher. Herbert himself (17) was an apprentice reporter, but must have volunteered to serve in the army near the start of the war.

Poppy In the First World War Herbert Augustus Harris enlisted in the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion of the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, and then served as a Lance Corporal in the 4th Battalion of the Worcestershire Regiment (Service No. 23055). He took part in the Gallipoli campaign and died of wounds at sea off Turkey at the age of 21 on 9 August 1915 and has no known grave.

He is remembered on the Helles Memorial in Turkey (Panel 104 to 113) and on the war memorial outside St Margaret’s Church in north Oxford.


St Margaret's Church War Memorial

After the War

Herbert’s parents
  • Reuben & Mary Harriet Harris moved to 44 Pembroke Street (now renamed Rectory Road) off the Cowley Road in east Oxford around the time of Herbert’s death in 1915, and they were still there in 1935.

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