Born: 1897, Polstead, Suffolk.

Died: 7th August 1915; age 18; Died of Wounds – on board H.S.’Assaye’.

Residence: Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 20526

Regiment: Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion.

Formerly 9009, Norfolk Regiment.


Memorial  Reference:

Panel 144 to 150 or 229 to 233.

Helles Memorial,

Turkey (including Gallipoli).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs E.E. Harrison, of 448, Spring Road, Ipswich.




1901   Scotland Place, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk.


Ernest was 4 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick Harrison, 34, a Blacksmith, born Melton, Suffolk.

Eliza Emma Harrison (nee Lilley), 34, born Boxted, Essex.

Anthony Harrison, 8, born Boxted, Essex.

Frederick Walter Harrison, 6, born Livermere Magna, Suffolk.

Agnes Mary Harrison, 2, born Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk.


1911   The Forge, West Bergholt, Essex.


Ernest was 14 years old, an Errand Boy. He was living with his parents & siblings.

Frederick, 44, a Shoeing Smith.

Emma, 44.

Frederick, 16, a Blacksmith Striker.

Agnes, 12.

Ivy Lily Harrison, 9, born Stoke by Nayland.

Stanley Neville Harrison, 5, born West Mersea, Essex.


Soldiers’ Effects to Eliza E. Harrison – mother.


Ernest is also remembered on the war memorial at St. John the Baptist Church, Ipswich.


The Gallipoli Campaign (Dardanelles Campaign) 17th February 1915 – 9th January 1916

The aims of the Campaign were the capturing the Ottoman Empire’s capital Constantinople and the opening  up of a new front taking German and Turkish forces away from Europe and North Africa.  Providing a better sea route rout to Russia and the Black sea. The campaign was a Anglo-French task force but is more better known for the contribution and fierce fighting from the Commonwealth forces from Australian and New Zealand force the “ANZAC” (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps). The Campaign was to fail due to poor mapping and planning.  The forces landing on beaches with steep cliffs and soon became bogged down with trench warfare, disease and supply routes hampered by the enemy. Evacuating in January 1916

It is estimated that over 50,000 British and commonwealth dead and over 100,000 wounded sustained from the campaign.    


Essex Regiment, 1st Battalion:





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