Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury 1

George James Harrison

Surname: Harrison
Other names: George James
Other people in this story:
James George Harrison
Sarah Ann Harrison née Parsons
Jane Barnes Harrison née Cole
Mabel Annie Harrison née Burden
Locations in this story:
Farnham, Dorset
Shaftesbury, Dorset
France & Flanders
Gussage St. Michael, Wimborne, Dorset
Holt, Dorset
Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury
Gussage All Saints, Dorset

George James Harrison was born in Farnham, Dorset, in 1880 and baptised there on 13th June 1880, the son of James George Harrison and Sarah Ann Harrison (née Parsons).  He lived much of his life in and around Farnham and Gussage St. Michael, Dorset.   He married Jane Barnes Cole at Holy Trinity Church, Shaftesbury, Dorset on 30th September 1902 and they went on to have five children.  Sadly Jane, though in trouble with the law herself, died on 11th November 1918 whilst in an Isolation Hospital.  George had enlisted on 21st December 1914 and joined the 206th Company of the Royal Army Service Corps (Motor Transport) as a Driver (Service No. T4/038896).  He served in France and Flanders from 13 Aug 1915 where, at some stage, he received shrapnel wounds which eventually led him to receiving a small pension. He also served as part of the occupying forces in Germany and was eventually discharged on 20th June 1919. He was awarded the Victory and British War medals as well as the 1915 Star.  He re-married Mabel Annie Burden on 18th May 1920 at Holt, Dorset, and they had four children.  The 1921 Census shows him living in Gussage All Saints, Dorset, where he worked as a Carter on a farm. George died at the age of 56 years at Gussage All Saints on 14th April 1936.


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