James Harris was a pre-war regular soldier from Blackheath who served in the 1st Battalion of the Worcesters. They experienced in two years the first Battle of Ypres in 1914, the campaigns in Artois at Neuve Chapelle and Loos and in 1916 were in the reserve for the first day of the Somme on the 1st July 1916. They soon entered the front line at Contalmaison and attacked on the 6th July and over the next few days. The attack was an expensive failure and the total casualties were over 300. Among those killed in action was Private James Harris. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and also on the Blackheath and Halesowen Memorials.
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH,High St,Halesowen,Dudley,West Midlands,B63 3BB,England, B63 3BB
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