John Auguste Emile Harris 1899 - 1915

Cadet Officer John Auguste Emile Harris in Militia uniform
Historical note: 

Youngest soldier to be killed in action in the Great War

John Auguste Emile Harris, known as ‘Jack’ Harris, was a pupil at Cleveland Street School. In his spare time he served as an officer cadet with the 28th (Militia) Battalion.

Eager to sign up to what was still regarded as the noble crusade, Jack talked his Father into allowing him to join the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) despite being aged only 15.

Corporal Jack Harris landed at Anzac Cove on the morning of 6 August 1915. He was immediately sent as reinforcement to the 2nd Battalion. At 5.30pm Jack was part of the charge of Lone Pine, and was severely wounded just outside the Turkish trenches. This was the last time he was seen.

Jack Harris’ body was not recovered and identified until after the war. 

Materials: 
Photograph
Category: 
Photographs
Conflict: 
The Great War
Story: 
Jack Harris
Production Date: 
1915

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