Private 10178 Allen HARRISON

Reason: Killed in Action by shell while on Sentry Duty
Place:   Front Lines nr Arras, France
Date and age: 1 May 1917 | 21yrs
Main Battle:   Battle of Arras
CWGC Cemetery:   Happy Valley British Cemetery, Fampoux, France
Grave:   C.13
SWFHS Memorial: Southam
Unit: 8th Battalion
Regiment: Royal Fusiliers (London Regiment)
Division:   36th Infantry Brigade | 12th (Eastern) Division
Awarded: British War & Victory Medals
Enlisted: at Coventry
In Theatre:   Yet to be established
Born:   Apr Qtr 1896 at Ashton under Lyne, Lancs
Parents: William and Elizabeth Harrison [nee Arnold]
Aunt and Uncle: Alfred (a saddler) and Sarah Ann Martin    
1901 Address: High Street, Southam with aunt and uncle
1911 Address: High Street,. Southam (as Allen Martin)
1911 Occupation:
Apprentice Sadler Census

CWGC Page for Private Harrison

Allen was the nephew of Alf and Sarah Martin, the owner of the saddler shop in the High Street, where he lived in 1901 and 1911. By 1911 he was named Allen Martin.

In a letter from a Captain Royle to Alf Martin it was said "The cause of his death was a shell of heavy calibre which burst quite close to where he was standing and I myself was only about 6 yards from him. His death was instantaneous and he did not even groan or say a word so he could not possibly have felt in any way, any pain whatever"
Excerpt from Page 54 of Lest We Forget - The Southam Men in the Great War by Alan Griffin

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