Other names: Edward John
Locations in this story: Tisbury, WiltshireShaftesburyMotcombe, DorsetLeigh Farm, Teffont Evias, Tisbury, WiltshireEnmore Green, ShaftesburyPortsea, HampshireTollard Royal, Wiltshire
Story: Edward John Harnett was born on 26th January 1882 at Tollard Royal, Wiltshire. He was the son of Sidney Harnett, a farmer, and Cecily Harnett (née Green). The family lived at Leigh Farm, Teffont Evias, Tisbury, Wiltshire. His father died in 1903. Edward enlisted as a regular in the Royal Navy on 27th March 1906 for 12 years but was discharged early whilst serving on HMS Invincible on 21st October 1910 only to immediately re-sign and begin a new engagement on the same day and on the same ship (Service No. K9456). The 1911 Census shows him living as boarder in Portsea, Hampshire, but as a Royal Navy stoker. On 2nd December 1914, whilst serving on HMS Ghurka, by then as a Petty Officer, 1st Class, he was invalided out of the Navy suffering from anemopthsis (a form of rheumatoid gout). Regrettably he died on 26th February 1915 at Motcombe and was buried in Motcombe Churchyard. He was awarded Victory, British War and 14 Star medals. He is remembered on the war memorials at Motcombe and Enmore Green, Shaftesbury.