Altrincham WW1 

Douglas Roy Dilworth-Harrison

Rank:2nd Lieutenant
Ship/Rgn/Sqn No:10th Bn att. 1/8th Bn
Name of Rgt or Ship:Durham Light Infantry
Died:Between 27/03/1918 & 03/04/1918Age:34
How Died:Killed in Action
Country of burial:France
Cemetery or Memorial:Pozieres Memorial, Ovillers-la-Boiselle
Town Memorial:Not Listed
Extra Information:
Born at Habergham Eaves, Burnley on 11th February 1883. He was educated at
Burnley Grammar School and Manchester Grammar School.  Birth registered as

1891 Census - 173 Manchester Road, Habergham Eaves, Burnley.   Son -
(Douglas R.D. Harrison) - aged: 8 - Scholar - born: Burnley.   Hie elder
brother - John D. Harrison is listed, as is his younger brother - Talbot D.
Harrison who became a vicar, together with his two younger sisters - Ella
D. Harrison and Irene D. Harrison.   His parents are not recorded at this
address, but the children were being looked after by 4 domestic servants.

1901 Census - 13 Seymour Terrace, Heyworth Within, Gateshead, Co, Durham.  
Boarder - aged: 18 - occ: Apprentice Mechanical Engineer - born: Burnley. 
His parents and siblings are still residing at 173 Manchester Road.   His
father - James Dilworth-Harrison - Married - aged: 51 - occ: Cotton
Manufacturer - born: Heywood, Lancashire.   His mother - Louisa Harrison -
Wife - aged: 51 - born: Camden Road, London.

At the age of sixteen he began an apprenticeship of five years with Messrs.
Clarke, Chapman and Co., of Gateshead, and on its completion in 1904 he
remained with the firm in the drawing office for a year.

His father - James Dilworth Harrison died in 1907 - aged: 58.  The death
was registered in Ormskirk, Lancashire.

He then went to sea as 3rd Engineer with the Prince Line of Steamships, of
Newcastle-on-Tyne, and became Chief Engineer in 1909.   He was elected an
Associate Member of this Institution in 1912.

1911 Census - No Trace.   His widowed mother - Louisa Dilworth-Harrison -
aged: 61 was the head of the household at "The Briers", Longfield, Kent. 
Also listed were 2 of his sisters and 2 domestic Servants.

WO374 - He enlisted into the Public Schools (20th) Battalion, Royal
Fusiliers at Manchester on the 10th September 1914.   He was aged 31 years
& 6 months and was born at Habergham Eaves, Burnley.  He was an Engineer by
trade.   He resided at "Gleedale", Langham Road, Bowdon.  He was 5 feet,
11¾ inches in height.  Weighed 161 lb, had a chest measurement of 32½ to
37½ inches fully expanded.  He had a pale complexion, Blue eyes, Dark hair
and had a skull and snake tattoo on his left shoulder.

He was posted to the Battalion at Epsom, Surrey on the 18th September 1914.
  Promoted to rank of Lance Corporal on the 10th April 1915 and Corporal on
the 14th August 1914.    He was qualified as a Machine Gunner.

He was posted to France on the 14th November 1915 and promoted to Sergeant
"In the Field" on the 13th March 1916.   Sent to Officer Cadet School at
St. Omer on the 16th August 1916.   Discharged from the RF on the 1st
October 1916, having been offered a Commission with the 10th Bn, Durham
Light Infantry.  His next of Kin was Mrs. L. Dilworth Harrison (Mother),
The Briars, Longfield, Kent.  The same as the 1911 Census.

Aged: 35, his death took place in action at Hamel on 26th March 1918,
during the big German offensive that commenced on the 21st March 1918.   
CWGC death also registered as Dilworth-Harrison.

Other than the fact he had a Bowdon address when he enlisted and is
commemorated on the Hale U.R.C. Memorial, there is no obvious connection to

Memorials found on:
Hale United Reformed
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