HARRISON, HAROLD RALPH

95th Battalion
Insignia of 95th Battalion CEF

201812 Private Harold Ralph Harrison, served in the 1st World War with the 95th (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, and the 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Harold Ralph Harrison was born on 02 Mar 1897 in Toronto to Charlotte Harrison and Charles Brown Harrison.

At the time of his attestation into the 95th Battalion CEF, on 2nd of November 1915, he was 5 feet 6 inches tall, had steel blue eyes and was a member of the Church of England. He was a student who lived with his parents at 118 Delaware Avenue Toronto and had no previous military service. During the war Harrison was disciplined numerous times for being absent and insubordinate. He was wounded, likely during the Battle of the Scarpe (1918), and was discharged from Active Service on 15 May, 1919. He died 22 February 1958.

Timeline of Service:

  • 1915, 02 Nov – Enlistment, Medical Examination and Attestation at the Toronto Recruiting Depot
  • 1915, 02 Nov – Taken On Strength by the 95th (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force and was posted to D Company
  • 1916, 31 May – embarked in Canada aboard the S.S. Olympic
  • 1916, 01 Jun – Assigned Pay of $20.00 per month to his mother begins
  • 1916, 08 Jun – arrived in England
  • 1916, 06 Jul – forfeits 5 days pay for being absent 1900hr to 2100hr – Lower Dibgate, Shorncliffe
  • 1916, 07 Jul – forfeits 5 days pay for being absent from defaulters parade – Lower Dibgate, Shorncliffe
  • 1916, 11 Jul – awarded 10 days detention for (1) refusing to work while doing Field Punishment No 2 (2) insolence to NCO – Lower Dibgate, Shorncliffe
  • 1916, 27 Oct – Taken On Strength by the 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles, Canadian Expeditionary Force – Dibgate, Shorncliffe
  • 1916, 03 Nov – arrived Canadian Base Details for crossing to France
  • 1916, 19 Nov – left Canadian Base Details for unit
  • 1916, 22 Nov – arrive unit in the field and served with C Company, 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles in France and Belgium
  • 1916, 30 Dec – sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No 1 for not complying with an order
  • 1917, 14 to 29 Jan – attached School of Mortars
  • 1917, 04 Mar to 15 May – attached to Brigade Machine Gun Company as a Carrier
  • 1917, 18 May to 24 Jul – attached to the 7th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for wiring party duty
  • 1917, 23 Aug to 29 Sep – attached to the 3rd Division HQ – Wiring Party
  • 1917, 20 Sep – sentenced to 4 days of Field Punishment No 1 for whilst on active service (1) absent without leave from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. on 11 Sep 1917 (7 hours), (2) neglecting to obey an order of superior officer in that he did not report himself to Lt McDonald when ordered to do so by Cpl Graham on 11 Sep 1917. Forfeits 1 day pay.
  • 1918, 22 Jan to 08 Feb – granted leave to England
  • 1918, 09 Feb – reported to No 3 Canadian Field Ambulance – Venereal Disease Gonorrhea (V.D.G.)
  • 1918, 10 Feb to 15 Feb – admitted to No 6 Casualty Clearing Station – V.D.G.
  • 1918, 15 Feb to 28 Mar – admitted to No 51 General Hospital – Etaples Army Base Camp – V.D.G.
  • 1918, 28 Mar to 05 Apr – admitted to No 6 Convalescent Depot – Etaples – V.D.G.
  • 1918, 05 Apr – Taken On Strength by Base Depot – Etaples – V.D.G.
  • 1918, 12 Apr – Taken On Strength by the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre
  • 1918, 03 May – sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No 1 for (1) absent from bathing parade (2) making a false statement to a Non-Commissioned Officer.
  • 1918, 12 Jun – left for the 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles in the field
  • 1918, 16 Jun – arrive unit in the field
  • 1918, 23 Aug – sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No 1 for failing to comply with an order on 22 Aug 1918
  • 1918, 28 Aug – wounded with a gunshot wound (G.S.W.) to the left arm likely during the Battle of the Scarpe (1918)
  • 1918, 29 Aug – admitted to No 12 Stationary Hospital, Bramshott Military Camp, Hampshire
  • 1918, 30 Aug to 04 Sep – admitted to No 22 General Hospital, Carniers – G.S.W. to the left arm (ulna comminuted fracture)
  • 1918, 04 Sep to 09 Sep – admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital, Chatham Kent – G.S.W.
  • 1918, 07 Sep – Taken On Strength by the 1st Central Ontario Depot – Witley Camp, Surrey
  • 2018, 09 Sep to 06 Feb 2019 – admitted to No 11 Canadian General Hospital – Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe – G.S.W.
  • 1918, 11 Sep – mother cabled notifying her of injury to her son’s arm
  • 1918, 27 Nov – moved from Ward 2 to Ward 16 due to scabies
  • 1919, 12 Jan – moved to Surgical Ward
  • 1919, 06 Feb – Taken On Strength by the 3rd Canadian Reserve Battalion – Witley Camp, Surrey
  • 08 Mar – demobilization dental and medical examination … other ranks who have no disability – Witley Camp, Surrey
  • 1919, 21 Mar – awarded ten days Field Punishment No 2 for (1) refusing to obey an order and (2) refusing to give name to a Senior NCO
  • 1919, 01 Apr – Assigned Pay to mother stopped
  • 1919, 03 Apr – Taken On Strength by Military District No 2
  • 1919, 02 May – Taken On Strength by No 2 District Depot and embarked S.S. Cassandra for Canada
  • 1919, 15 May – Demobilized and Discharged from His Majesty’s Service
  • Awarded a War Service Badge, Class A, Number 283193

 

With information from:

Library and Archives Canada

Canadian Expeditionary Force, RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4105 – 23

https://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B4105-S023

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