Harrison, Geoffrey Austin (No. 60102)

Harrison, Geoffrey Austin

Flight Lieutenant (Pilot)

No. 60102, 616 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in action on Monday 12 June 1944 (aged 24)

Buried:

La Pellerine Communal Cemetery, Mayenne, France

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Brother of Flight Lieutenant Hugh Raymond Harrison DFC (No. 110412)

BIOGRAPHY

Geoffrey Austin (in some records spelt Austen) Harrison was a son of George Geoffrey Harrison and Charlotte Harrison (nee Coldwell) who were married on 21 July 1915 in Wrangthorn Parish Church, York.  George Geoffrey Harrison, who was born 23 March 1890, was an Army Sergeant when he and Charlotte Coldwell got married.  They had at least three children whose births were registered in Leeds, Yorkshire:

Geoffrey Austin (first quarter of 1920)

Muriel I. (first quarter of 1921)

Hugh Raymond (second quarter of 1922)

In the CWGC Debt of Honour website the Harrison family address is recorded as Marino, Co. Down.  Geoffrey Austin Harrison was the first of two brothers to die in war.

During the Second World War Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Austin Harrison (No. 60102) served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and he was 24 when he died on active service in France on 12 June 1944.  He was killed when his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VII aircraft collided with a Messerschmitt Bf 109 aircraft and crashed near Laval in France.  His effects amounted to some £891, his home address was recorded as Lismore, Southfield Drive, Roundhay in Leeds, and probate was granted to his father, George Geoffrey Harrison, who was at that time a company manager.

Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Austin Harrison (No. 60102) was buried in La Pellerine Communal Cemetery, Mayenne, France.

George Geoffrey Harrison was 84 when he died in 1974.  Charlotte Harrison pre-deceased her husband; she died on 1 September 1958 (aged 66) and, prior to her death, she had been living at 6 Hazeldene Avenue, Bangor.