John Auguste Emile Harris 1899 - 1915

Historical note: 

John Auguste Emile Harris, known as Jack, was a pupil at Cleveland Street School. In his spare time he served as an officer cadet with the 28th (Militia) Battalion, a unit of Australia’s home army, the Australian Commonwealth Military Forces. 

When the first accounts of the fighting on Gallipoli arrived back in Australia in May 1915, the Great War was still regarded by most as a noble crusade.The thought of being left out was almost more than he could bear. Jack enlisted in the AIF on 2 June 1915.

Materials: 
Photograph
Category: 
Photographs
Conflict: 
First World War
Story: 
Jack Harris
Production Date: 
1915

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor