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Date of Birth
Date of Death
4 Feb 1917
War time / or Pre War occupation
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Soldier or Civilian
Cpl Alec Walter Harris, 23642, 4th Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment, was killed in action in the valley of the River Ancre on the Somme on February 4th, 1917. He was just 25 and single.
Born in Luton in 1892, he was the son of labourer Albert and straw hat machinist Selina Harris, of 23 Jubilee Street, Luton. Alec (Alic on his birth registration) was the couple's four son.
Prior to enlistment in November 1915, Alec was employed at Balmforth's Iron Foundry in Pondwicks Road, having previously been a straw hat packer employed by Charles Robinson in Cheapside. He went to France in July 1916.
By tragic irony, the fiancee of Cpl Frederick Victor Wesley, who was killed in action a few days earlier - on January 26th - was living with Mrs Harris in Jubilee Street.