Corporal A Harris Royal Northumberland Fusiliers. Service number 2089473

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  1. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    A document has recently surfaced from the archives of the town hall at Saussay-La-Campagne concerning the death of a British soldier.

    According to the records he died in an ambulance in a field just outside of the village of Saussay-La-Campagne on August 31st. No one knows how he died. It could be the result of wounds that he sustained previously. Can anyone help me find out what happened to this poor guy and possibly even help me find relatives.

    I want to try and find out as much as I can about this man.

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  2. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Rank: Corporal
    Service No: 2089473
    Date of Death: 31/08/1944
    Age: 23
    Regiment/Service: Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
    Grave Reference: XXVIII. G. 11.
    Additional Information: Son of Walter and Jessie Harris, of Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.

    Per Geoff's search engine...
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  3. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    Arthur Harris was likely serving with, either:

    1. What used to be the 4th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, e.g.
    2. 7th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (Machine Gun Battalion), 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division, or

    3. 8th Bn Royal Northumberland Fusiliers (designated 3rd Recce Regiment), 3rd Infantry Division.

    As he is buried at Bayeaux, the latter is unlikely but not impossible.

    I have the Regiments history and will see what I can further discern when home tonight!


  4. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    He's listed in Taurus Pursuant , history of 11th Armd Div, roll of honour .

    2nd Independent MG Coy RNF

    Name: Cpl A Harris
    Date: 31 Aug 44
    Place: Conty.

    edit. I forgot I posted roll of honour on another thread
    Help Required RNF depolyment information
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  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Arthur Harris in the UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Arthur Harris
    Given Initials: A
    Rank: Corporal
    Death Date: 31 Aug 1944
    Number: 2089473
    Birth Place: Northamptonshire
    Residence: Northamptonshire
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Engineers
    Branch at Enlistment: Infantry
    Theatre of War: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
    Regiment at Death: Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
    Branch at Death: Infantry

  6. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Owen, according to the official documents it was in Saussay-La-Campagne his death. Do we know the ause of injury and what injuries were sustained? Where would we find the cause of death? I wonder if it was something like heart attack due to injuries.
  7. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    I suppose Conty is mentioned as that is where he may have been when he was wounded.
    Taurus Pursuant says there was some enemy inflitration in the Conty area. Not sure of the date as the narrative tends to omit the date after initially mentioning the 27th.
  8. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    The regimental history 'The History of the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers in the Second World War' (Barclay), Page 165, states that the 2nd Independent MGC was:

    "...moving via Ecouche and Gace crossed the Rive Seine at Chamenard on the 28th. Amiens was reached on 1st September and Antwerp on the 6th. There had been no serious opposition during the advance... Nevertheless, there had been a few sharp engagements, and it was never safe to relax local protection."

    Conty is only 25km from Amiens.

    The Company Commander at the time of Arthur's death was Major AH Bonham-Carter; heard that name before... who was killed in action on 11 September 1944. His father was Air-Commodore IM Bonham-Carter, who had also previously served with the [Royal] Northumberland Fusiliers.

    Info: Air Commodore Ian Malcolm Bonham Carter, CB OBE RAF b. 31 Jul 1882 London d. 31 Dec 1953 Princess Mary's RAF Hospital, Halton, Buckinghamshire : Queensland Family Trees

    Arthur's service number is from the Royal Engineers block of numbers, so he must have had previous service there.


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  9. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    I don't understand why they say Conty when he is listed at Saussay La Campagne... Very strange.

    Steve, are they linked to Helena Bonham Carter, actress?

    *I wonder if he was seriously injured at Conty and died in Saussay whilst receiving medical attention on the way to a field hospital.
  10. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

    He is part of the same extended family as Helena Bonham-Carter, Oldleg. But so is Florence Nightingale!


  11. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

    Well I never!!
  12. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Would you Adam and Eve it? (He will be related to them as well!).
  13. Oldleg

    Oldleg Well-Known Member

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