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
24 April

1918 — Second Battle of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX began. Australian and British troops fought to regain the town that had been captured just three weeks earlier. There were 1469 Australian casualties, many due to mustard gas

1918 — LT C. SADLIER won a Victoria Cross for his inspirational gallantry during the battle at Villers-Bretonneux