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Dated added: 04/10/2016   Last updated: 12/05/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 13/11/1895
Died: 09/08/1917 (Died of Wounds)
Age: 21
Hugh Harris was the only son of Robert and Margaret Harris. Hugh was born on 13th November 1895 in Ahoghill. He was the youngest of three children. His mother died when he was very young. By 1911 he was living with his grandparents near Portglenone. Hugh enlisted in Ballymena in 1915. Prior to enlisting, he was in the employment of Mr Hugh Coulter, Ballyconnelly, Cullybackey. Rifleman Hugh Harris was serving with the 11th Battalion of the Royal Irish Rifles when he died of wounds received in action on Thursday 9th August 1917.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Wieltje Farm Cemetery
  Ypres (Ieper), West-Vlaanderen, 2
Grave Ref: Sp Mem B-8
CWGC Casualty 451483
The cemetery is located to the North-East of the town of Ieper. From Ieper station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into M.Haiglaan and drive to the next roundabout. Here turn right into Oude Veurnestraat, this then changes into Diksmuidseweg and Brugseweg drive along this road to the traffic lights. Straight over the lights to the end of the road. At the T junction turn left (still Brugseweg) and continue along this road through the village of Sint Jan. The cemetery is on the left hand side of the road approx 200 metres after the village.
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1 1901 census lists Harris family 1901 census lists Hugh as age 5, living with the family at house 10 in Finkilragh, Lisnagarran, Antrim
2 1911 census lists a Hugh Harris 1911 census lists Hugh as age 15, living with his grandparents at house 21 in Drumraw, Portglenone, Antrim
3 Ballymena 1914-1918 Brief details of Rifleman Hugh Harris
4 Photo of Rifleman Hugh Harris's grave
5 Muddy Grave In Flanders Brief details of Rifleman Hugh Harris
6 National Archives UK Medal card of Rifleman Hugh Harris can be purchased here
7 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Rifleman Hugh Harris's grave can be purchased here
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