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HARRIS : BSc ; FIC, Joseph Walter

Reference Name LP14200

Conflict Commemorated:WWI

Last Name:HARRIS : BSc ; FIC

First Name:Joseph Walter

Age At Death:26


Regiment/ Service:Lincolnshire Regiment

Unit:First Bn.

Date of Death:02/06/1915

Cause of Death:Killed in action

Place of Burial/ Commemoration:YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL West-Vlaanderen


Panel/ Bay/ Grave:21

UK Memorials:Lincoln

Biographical Notes:The sad news reached Lincoln on Saturday that Lieutenant J. W. Harris, B.Sc., A.I.C., a native of Lincoln, had been killed in action in the neighbourhood of Ypres, through the bursting of a shell? It affords another instance of a noble young life, full of magnificent promise of usefulness and distinction, given at the call of conscience to the discharge of duties for his country. Too young-he would have been but 26 on the 19th of June ? to have made a wide circle of friends in Lincoln. He married only 8 months ago, and his parents Mr. and Mrs G. Harris resided in Swallowbeck. As a scholar he attended the Rosemary Lane School, from where he won a scholarship to the Lincoln Grammar School. There, under Mr. Chambers, who was a rare mathematician, he made excellent progress in mathematics and science, at the same time entering heartily into the work of the School Cadet Corps and the various school sports. Eventually he chose to become a teacher and for two years served at Monks Road school. University honours of a high order followed fast, first the matriculation of London examination, then entrance to Nottingham University. The first year there he secured the Intermediate Science Degrees of London. So pleased were the governors with his two years diligence and successes that a third years? residence was granted him, during which he gained the distinguished honours of First Class B.Sc. of the London University-the goal of his then ambition. About this time the Town Chemistry Research Scholarship. Tenable at Nottingham University became vacant. This was offered to and accepted by him Then he had indeed found the work which most strongly appealed to his tastes and gifts. And which was eventually to be his life?s work-the application of chemistry to industry. After two years of research he was made an assistant to Professor Kipping, the Professor of Chemistry at the Notts. University. Ever eager to excel in everything he entered for the very difficult and select degree of Fellow of the Institute of Chemists. He was marvellously successful and secured the much-coveted honour of A.I.C.[sic], by passing with considerable distinction the necessary two examinations. Shortly afterwards Messrs. Brunner, Mond and Co. applied to the university for a promising, enthusiastic and inventive young chemist, and Mr. Harris was selected for the post. He took up his position in March 1914. His special work was to inaugurate and organise commercial methods for the extraction of oil from the shale waste from the coal pits, which was lying useless in heaps around the pits mouth. When he undertook army duties in August, his post was kept vacant until such time that he could resume his work with his firm at the colliery. During the whole of his career at the University he was closely in touch with the Officers Training Corps, this continuing the cadet work started at the Grammar School. He progressed until he became colour sergeant in the college unit, and when war broke out he was camping on Salisbury Plain with the Nottingham University contingent. It was no wonder that when asked to volunteer for active service Mr. Harris readily agreed. He was gazetted Second Lieutenant as early as the 15th August 1914, in the 3rd Lincolns, and shortly afterwards was presented by the University with his sword. Army duties took him to Grimsby, where after a certain amount of additional duties he was attached to the 1st Lincoln?s. On 2nd Dec. he left England for France, and was promoted to 1st Lieutenant in March 1915. The work of the trenches during the winter were very severe, but he shared the privations of this trying time with the ordinary soldier. The strain and chills eventually brought on pleurisy, and for a time he was invalided to Nice. As soon as he recovered he returned to ?somewhere about Ypres,? into the heavy fighting and gassed area. His noble spirit revolted against the use of this horrible means of warfare, for he saw the excruciating agony of the gassed victims. About a fortnight ago he was slightly wounded in the hand, but on Thursday, June 3rd, he was struck by a shell, and before his servant could reach him he was dead. At night, in company with those noble fellows who fought and died by his side, he was reverently buried, at Hooge, thus ended the life of one who sacrificed all for his country, and who yet remains as an inspiration to those left behind. Lincolnshire Chronicle, 12 June 1915. Pg 4

Researcher:C J Anderson

Notes:Commemorated Panel 21, YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL / Lincoln "In Memoriam" ; Lincoln City W.M. ; Lincoln Clasketgate Wesleyan Chapel ; Lincoln Memory Book ; Lincoln Grammar School ; Lincolnshire Regiment Roll of Honour WW1

Sources Used:Lincolnshire Chronicle, 12 June 1915. Pg 4 inc. photoLincolnshire Chronicle, 12 June 1915. Pg 4 inc photo

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