5 thoughts on “Postcard of the Cenotaph

  1. Ray Buck, thanks very much for your help, much appreciated. It was the right Thomas Harris, and since looking at the website I think I’ve found the correct Alfred, who appears to have served in the Green Howards. Although all I’ve got to go on at the moment is his approximate age.


  2. There are two possabilitie on the CWGC web site; http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=2542043. Name: HARRIS, THOMAS DONALD. Initials: T D. Nationality: United Kingdom. Rank: Corporal. Regiment/Service: Durham Light Infantry. Unit Text: 6th Bn. Age: 36. Date of Death: 28/03/1943. Service No: 4263867. Additional information: Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Harris, of Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham; husband of Ruhamah Harris, of Sheffield. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead. Grave/Memorial Reference: Face 28. Memorial: MEDJEZ-EL-BAB MEMORIAL. OR;… http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1155539; HARRIS, ALFRED CECIL HARTLEY. Initials: A C H. Nationality: United Kingdom. Rank: Engine Room Artificer 4th Class. Regiment/Service: Royal Navy. Unit Text: H.M.S. Medway II. Age: 22. Date of Death: 13/07/1942. Service No: P/MX78347. Additional information: Son of Arthur William Hartley Harris and Lavinia Harris, of Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead. Grave/Memorial Reference: A. F. 10. Cemetery: KHAYAT BEACH WAR CEMETERY.


  3. Does anybody know if a list exists of all the men from Stockton who died in WW11. My mother had two brothers [Thomas and Alfred Harris] who never returned, and due to her being very young at the time she does not know where and when they died.


  4. The Armistice of 11 November 1918 was a ‘cease-fire’ only in which all of the combatant nations agreed to suspend hostilities. Britain was technically still at war with Germany until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28 1919. This followed the Paris Peace Conference, convened in January 1919, where the victorious Nations, led by America, Britain and France – Germany and Russia weren’t invited to attend – reshaped the map of Europe and decided on what punitive measures and war reparations should be imposed on Germany.


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