Images courtesy of Elspeth – Oundle School archivist Oundle Roll of Honour
Born: 1917, Woodbridge, Suffolk.
Died: 19th November 1943; age: 26; Japanese POW at Chungkai, Siam, of Dysentery & Beri Beri. Old Oundelians did all they could for Archie right up to the last.
Archie was taken prisoner by the Japanese when they captured the Malaya Peninsula. Worked on the Burma/Siam Railway.
Ipswich Residence: Deleacre, 200, Rushmere Road, Ipswich.
Occupation: Civil Servant – Malayan Civil Service.
Rank: Second Lieutenant.
Regiment: Federated Malay States Volunteer Force, 1st (Perak) Battalion. Malayan Civil Service.
Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of Charles Harrison-Jones, and Frances Margaret Harrison-Jones (nee Dawson), of Ipswich. Late of the Residency, Ballicaloa, Ceylon.
Father: Charles Harrison-Jones, born 1884, Reading, Berkshire.
Mother: Frances Margaret Harrison-Jones (nee Dawson), born 1888, Nacton, Suffolk.
School House Senior Rugby Team 1934
Archie seated far right on the ground.
Archie attended Oundle School – entered 1930 – left 1935. Archie arrived at Oundle School with a great reputation as a cricketer. He forsook cricket for the river, eventually rowed in the House boat.
Whilst at Oundle School Archie was in the Scouts, held Certificate A, was very involved in the Combines Cadet Force and was a House Prefect in his last year.During School he was in the Scouts, held Certificate A, was very involved in the Combines Cadet Force and was a House Prefect in his last year. He was awarded a Scholarship to Oxford for Natural Sciences.
On leaving Oundle School he was awarded a scholarship after taking an entrance examination to St. John’s College, Oxford in Natural Sciences ( Chemistry). His father had also been a scholar, and where like Archie had also obtained the Leander colours.
At St. John’s College, Oxford he read Chemistry between 1935 – 1938 – obtained an Honours Degree as an Open Scholar. While at St. John’s College he was secretary of the Amalgamated Clubs (all the college sports clubs) and was a member of the King Charles Club (the college’s fairly exclusive dining society).
In 1938, Archie decided to study for a fourth year at Oxford and read for the Indian Civil Service. He was selected for the Malayan Civil Service going out to the Malay States in 1939.
During School he was in the Scouts, held Certificate A, was very involved in the Combines Cadet Force and was a House Prefect in his last year. He was awarded a Scholarship to Oxford for Natural Sciences.
His obituary was printed in The Laxtonian, The Oundle School Chronicle in 1945.
The Laxtonian, The Oundle School Chronicle 1939
Probate to Charles Harrison-Jones, a retired Civil Servant.
Archie is also remembered on the war memorial at Rushmere St. Andrew, Suffolk, on the Singapore Malayan Civil Service war memorial, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Downtown Core, Singapore.
St John’s College war memorial
Images courtesy of Michael Riordan FSA Archivist St John’s and The Queen’s Colleges, Oxford