Harrison, Robert Bell (No. 2249)

Harrison, Robert Bell (Robert)

Lance Sergeant

No. 2249, 1st Battalion, Irish Guards

Died of wounds on Wednesday 19 May 1915 (aged 30)

Buried:

Bethune Town Cemetery, France (Grave III. D. 87)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Newtownards and District War Memorial

Journey of Remembering Belfast Book of Honour

BIOGRAPHY

Robert Harrison was born on 29 August 1884 in Little Francis Street Newtownards and he was a son of Robert and Margaret Ann (Maggie) Harrison (nee Black) who were married on 6 December 1877 in Newtownards Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Mark’s).

Robert Harrison Senior worked as a general labourer and then as a fish dealer and he and Maggie had at least eight children:

James (born 6 May 1882 in Little Francis Street Newtownards)

Robert Bell (born 29 August 1884 in Little Francis Street Newtownards)

Isabella Jane (born 28 September 1886 in Little Francis Street Newtownards)

Anne (Annie, born 23 June 1889 in East Street, Newtownards)

John (born 21 April 1891 in East Street, Newtownards)

Jane (born 14 July 1893 in South Street, Newtownards; died of convulsions 11 August 1893)

David (born 7 September 1895 in South Street, Newtownards)

Mabel Florence (born 24 January 1900 in South Street, Newtownards)

Their father, Robert Harrison, died in an epileptic coma on 30 July 1903 (aged 45).  His son Robert (who died of wounds in the Great War) was with him when he died.

All four of the Harrison brothers were on active service during the Great War.

Robert Harrison Junior worked as a plasterer and he enlisted in Newtownards.  He served with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards and was 30 when he died of wounds on 19 May 1915.

Lance Sergeant Robert Harrison was buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France and there is an inscription on his CWGC headstone:

HIS END WAS PEACE

His next-of-kin contact was his sister, Mrs I.J. Miskelly, 4 Ivy Grove, Hulme, Manchester.

Lance Sergeant Robert Harrison is commemorated on Newtownards and District War Memorial and in the Belfast Book of Honour (Page 255).