Harrison, Ralph

83rd Battalion Badge
Badge of the 83rd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force

172055 Sergeant Ralph Harrison served in the First World War with the 83rd (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 124th Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force and the 11th Battalion, Canadian Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Ralph Harrison was born in England on the 18th of February 1885. He had previously served with the 2nd Worcestershire and the 8th Worcestershire Territorial Battalions for a total of 10½ years. After moving to Canada he becomes a bricklayer living at 115 Croyne Ave, Todmorden Village in Toronto. Ralph was a member of the Church of England, stood at 5 feet 4½ inches tall and was married to Alice Mary Harrison. Ralph survived the war, remarkably, with no recorded wounds or visits to hospital.

Timeline of Service

  • 1915, 30 August – Attested as a Private in the 83rd (Queen’s Own Rifles) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in Toronto.
  • 1915, 07 September – Medical Examination at Niagara Camp
  • 1916, 24 April – Embarked from Halifax aboard the H.M.T. Olympic
  • 1916, 07 May – Arrived in Liverpool, England
  • 1917, May – Assigned Pay of $20.00 per month to his wife Alice and Separation Allowance of $20.00 per month begins
  • 1916, 07 July – Taken On Strength by the 12th Reserve Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, West Sandling
  • 1917, 05 February – Taken On Strength by the 124th Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Witley Camp
  • 1917, 09 March – Embarked for France with the 124th Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1917, 11 March – Disembarked at Boulogne France
  • 1917, 11 to 22 June – Attended 1st Army School of Mines
  • 1917, 23 July – Promoted Lance Corporal
  • 1917, 19 October – Promoted Corporal
  • 1918, 26 February to 14 March – Granted Leave to England
  • 1918, 30 March – Promoted Lance Sergeant with pay
  • 1918, 15 May – Promoted Acting Sergeant with pay
  • 1918, 24 May – Promoted Sergeant
  • 1918, 30 May – Taken On Strength by the 11th Battalion, Canadian Engineers, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Amiens – 08-30 August 1918
  • Likely participated in the Second Battle of the Somme – 21 August to 03 September 1918
  • Likely participated in the Battle of the Canal Nord – 27 September to 01 October 1918
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Cambrai – 08-09 October 1918
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Valenciennes – 01-02 November 1918
  • Likely participated in the Battle of Mons – 11 November 1918
  • 1918, 26 December to 13 January 1919 – Granted 14 days leave
  • 1919, 09 May – Taken On Strength by “M” Wing CCC for return to Canada
  • 1919, 12 May – Discharge Dental
  • 1919, 23 May – Discharge Medical (Other Ranks who have no disability)
  • 1919, 06 June – Embarked from Southhampton aboard H.M.T. Olympic
  • 1919, 12 June – Disembarked in Halifax
  • 1919, June – Taken On Strength by No. 2 District Depot, 2 Military District, Toronto
  • 1919, 16 June – Struck Off Strength (General Demobilization) of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and His Majesties Service.
  • Known address after the war – 664 Bathurst St., Toronto
  • Known address after the war – 47 Tranby Ave., Toronto
  • 1962, 24 October – Dies in Toronto at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre and is interred in Section K, Plot 1761 at Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough
  • 1962, 29 October – Department of Veterans Affairs registers death in Ottawa

With information from:

Library and Archives Canada, Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4109 – 21, http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B4109-S021

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