Lance Corporal Albert Henry Harrison 2118257 Royal Engineers.

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  1. alanatabz

    alanatabz Active Member

    Alber Harrison appears on a WW2 memorial at Aberdeen Harbour, unable to find any link to Aberdeen and why he is on the memorial.

    dies 23/4/45, possibly at Horsey Minefield, as his name crops up on the Norfolk memorial to Bomb Disposal.

    Doesn't appear to have been born in the area, and died in Norfolk.

    Son of Albert Victor and Alice Harrison, of Norwich; husband of Charlotte Jane Harrison, of Aylestone, Leicester.

    Anybody more info on his death, or why he's on an Aberdeen harbour memorial?
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  2. graeme

    graeme Senior Member

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  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    As above - not much detail

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Albert Harrison
    Given Initials: A H
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Death Date: 23 Apr 1945
    Number: 2118257
    Birth Place: Norwich
    Residence: Norwich
    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: United Kingdom
    Regiment at Death: Royal Engineers
    Branch at Death: Other Corps

    You may need to check out Scottish records as they arent covered my Ancestry - at least not 'modern' records, or perhaps newpaper archives.

    This record may or may not br connected but is close, as he died in April, this death was registered in June
    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Albert H Harrison
    Death Age: 34
    Birth Date: abt 1911
    Registration Date: Jun 1945
    Registration district: North Walsham
    Inferred County: Norfolk
    Volume: 4b
    Page: 43

    Reading Graeme's document it says Albert was 35 so born around 1910 which sort of fits with the above. Still dont see the connection to Aberdeen though

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  4. alanatabz

    alanatabz Active Member

    Hi TD

    Nothing in Scottish records. Starting to wonder if its the right person.

    Will do some more digging
  5. alanatabz

    alanatabz Active Member

    could be :-

    Service Number 2013460

    Died 02/03/1945

    Aged 30

    968 Port Maint. Coy.
    Royal Engineers

    Son of Edward Ernest and Mary Harrison. of Carlin How, Yorkshire.

    As the memorial name is at Aberdeen Harbour, this is the more likely guy.....
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  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    All I can find on him at the moment is:
    England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995
    Name: Albert Ernest Harrison
    Death Date: 2 Mar 1945
    Death Place: Yorkshire, York, England
    Probate Date: 21 Dec 1945
    Registry: York, England

    But that leads me to Belgium
    Name: Albert Ernest Harrison
    Maiden Name:
    Death Date: 2 Mar 1945
    Cemetery: Brussels Communal Cemetery
    Burial or Cremation Place: Evere, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
    Has Bio?: N

    Hmmmmm - the thick plottens

  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Are you sure you have the correct details - checking the memorial - it doesnt give a year of death just 1939 - 1945, so checking found this man

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Alexander Harrison
    Given Initials: A
    Rank: Sapper
    Death Date: 25 Feb 1943
    Number: 14211990
    Birth Place: Aberdeen
    Residence: Aberdeen

    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: North Africa
    Regiment at Death: Royal Engineers


    Memorial details - Aberdeen Dock Labourers
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  8. harkness

    harkness Well-Known Member

    First name(s) Alexander
    Last name Harrison
    Birth year 1910
    Age 33
    Death year 1943
    Death date 25 Feb 1943
    Number 14211990
    Rank Sapper
    Unit 1015 Docks Operating Coy.
    Regiment Royal Engineers
    Grave reference VI. E. 12.
    Cemetery or Memorial Bone War Cemetery, Annaba
    Burial country Algeria
    Additional information Son of William and Jemina Harrison, of Aberdeen; husband of Mary Ann Harrison, of Aberdeen.


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  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Very well done TD given the original misleading info.

  10. alanatabz

    alanatabz Active Member

    Hi TD, many thanks for that.

    Was off on a tangent through incorrect info. I started to doubt A = Albert.

    Alexander Harrison was born 5th April 1909 (not 1910 as per earlier) Was married to Mary Ann (Tait)

    It appears he was a docker at Aberdeen Harbour between 1930 and 1939, and perhaps why he's with 1015 Docks Operating Company.

    I don;t suppose you know what the accident was?
  11. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member


    Reference: WO 176/218
    GIBRALTAR: Royal Engineers: 1015 Docks Operation Company.
    Date: 1942 Oct.-1943 Mar.
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew

    Could ask drew or lee to copy that week for you

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  12. gmyles

    gmyles Senior Member

    Aberdeen Press and Journal 10 March 1943 and

    Aberdeen Weekly Journal 11 March 1943 (FMP)


    Hope this helps

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  13. alanatabz

    alanatabz Active Member

    Thanks Guys, I saw that cutting in the BNA, it most what the accident was is what I'm interested in.



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