Other names: Arthur Enos
Locations in this story: Motcombe, Shaftesbury, DorsetBritish Columbia, CanadaFrance & FlandersMessines, Belgium
Story: Arthur Enos Harris was born in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 30 Aug 1894 and baptised there on 30 Sep 1894 the son of Sydney John Harris and Sarah Ann Harris (nee Doggrell). He lived his early life at Knap Hill, Motcombe and later at Guests Farm, Motcombe, where his father farmed. Some time prior to the outbreak of war he had gone to British Columbia, Canada, where he eventually enlisted on 6 Nov 1914 with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Private (Service No. 77241). He was sent to France and Flanders and joined the 88th Regiment (Victoria Fusiliers). He received severe wounds to his right arm and right leg from a howitzer gun shell when in battle at Messines, Belgium, on 27 Aug 1915. He was hospitalized in France then sent to various medical facilities in the UK from where he was eventually repatriated back to Canada on 1 Sep 1916. He was subjected to many medical reports and operations being eventually discharged on 24 Apr 1919. He would have qualified for the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1915 Star but this is not recorded. At some time shortly after he returned to the UK and married Kathleen Victoria Courtney Hull in 1928. By the time of the 1939 Register he was still living at Guests Farm, Motcombe, Shaftesbury, Dorset, described as a Dairy Farmer. His death was recorded in Motcombe on 4 Dec 1953. His brother, Berkeley William Harris, also served for a short period with the Royal Air Force.