Other names: Maurice William Sidney
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetSherborne, DorsetFrance & FlandersSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: Maurice William Sidney Harris was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 16 Oct 1897 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church on 17 Nov 1897 the son of William James Harris, MD, a local Doctor, and Kathleen Emily Harris (nee Howe). He lived all his short life in and around Shaftesbury except for the period of Military Service. He attended Sherborne School, Sherborne, Dorset, from Jun 1910 to Dec 1914. He enlisted with the Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex) Regiment with the rank of Lieutenant. He served in France and Flanders where, in May 1918, it was announced he had been awarded the Military Cross. Following his discharge he was further awarded the Victory and British War Medals. He returned to his, then, home at Arishays, Shaftesbury, Dorset, but he died in Salisbury, Wiltshire, on 27 Jul 1922 at the early age of 24. A brass plaque in his memory was placed in the Sherborne School Chapel.