Brian Harrison

Brian Harrison

Personal Details

Brian Harrison was born in Knockin Heath, Shropshire in 1892. Brian was the second son of Major John German and Mrs Emma Harrison of Cloverfields, Chester Road, Whitchurch. He was also the brother of John German Harrison who died in 1918.

Military Details

Regiment : 14th (Service) Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Rank : Second Lieutenant

Killed in Action; France 10th July 1916 Age 23

Medals and Awards
Brian was awarded the Campaign Medals (British War Medal and Allied Victory Medal)

Campaign Medals

Great War History Hub Whitchurch Shropshire Medals Front Image

The British War Medal (also known as 'Squeak') was a silver or bronze medal awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. Approximately 6.5 million British War Medals were issued. Approximately 6.4 million of these were the silver versions of this medal. Around 110,000 of a bronze version were issued mainly to Chinese, Maltese and Indian Labour Corps. The front (obv or obverse) of the medal depicts the head of George V. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

The Allied Victory Medal (also known as 'Wilfred') was issued by each of the allies. It was decided that each of the allies should each issue their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory. Approximately 5.7 million victory medals were issued. Interestingly, eligibility for this medal was more restrictive and not everyone who received the British War Medal ('Squeak') also received the Victory Medal ('Wilfred'). However, in general, all recipients of 'Wilfred' also received 'Squeak' and all recipients of The 1914 Star or The 1914/1915 Star (also known as 'Pip') also received both 'Squeak' and 'Wilfred'. The recipient's service number, rank, name and unit was impressed on the rim.

Further Information

Shrewsbury News & Wellington Journal July 1916

Report in the Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News July 1916 regarding the death of Brian Harrison.

“Another name has to be added to the ever growing list of men from Whitchurch who have made the great sacrifice and the deep sympathy of all goes out to Major and Mrs Harrison in the blow which has befallen them by the death of their youngest son, Second Lieutenant Brian Harrison, Royal Welch Fusiliers. The gallant officer, who was 23, was born in Whitchurch and educated at Chester and at Shrewsbury School (1906-1910) and for a time worked in the L & N. W. R. District Superintendants office in Lime Street, Liverpool, after which he left to joined his late uncle’s firm in Birmingham. Obtaining a commission with Royal Welsh Fusiliers in January 1915.
He was of bright and cheery disposition, and his death cuts short a promising career. His elder brother, John German Harrison, is in training with Royal Field Artillery.”

Wellington Journal & Shrewsbury News July 1916

Will of Brian Harrison
Harrison, Brian of Whitchurch Shropshire 2nd lieutenant 14th battalion of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers died 10 July 1916 near Mametz in France. Probate Shrewsbury 20 September to John German Harrison Esq. Effects £7266 12s. 8d.

Taken from Forces War Records

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Information provided by Terry Evanson Whitchurch, Shropshire and Whitchurch Museum and Archives

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