Gilbert Neville Harris (1892–1915), Lance Corporal (G/9033) in the 2nd Battalion the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), was killed in action at Gallipoli on 6 June 1915. His death is recorded on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey (Panel 37-41 or 328) as well as in this family grave.
His brother, Bertie Archibald Blinkhorn Harris, was killed in action on the Western front in 1917. Both brothers were commemorated on the war memorial in St Mary the Great, Cambridge.
Gilbert was born on 9 August 1892 in Cambridge. He was the eleventh of twelve children born to Thomas William Harris and Harriotte Harris (née Vinsen). Gilbert together with at least two of his brothers (Cyril and Reginald) were educated at the Mead House School for Young Gentlemen in Biggleswade, Hertfordshire. Gilbert became a draper and moved to Hastings, Sussex with his younger brother, Percy, where they worked for the department store, Plummer Roddis.
However, in 1909 Gilbert enlisted in the 5th Sussex Battery 2nd Home Counties Brigade, Royal Field Artillery. At the time he enlisted he was living at 10B Queens Road, Hastings. On the outbreak of the War he enlisted again at Dover, Kent. Gilbert became Lance Corporal (G/9033) in the 2nd Battalion, Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment). He was killed in action on 6 June 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey.
Bertie and Gilbert Harris obituary (CCUJ)
Lat Lon : 52.202249, 0.13741015 – click here for location
Parish : St Mary the Great
The War Graves Photographic Project
Census returns for England: 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911
England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, FreeBMD Marriage Index, 1837–1915
London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754–1921
England & Wales, FreeBMD Death Index, 1837–1915
England & Wales, Death Index, 1916–2007
England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858–1966
British Army WWI Service Records, 1914–1919
UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914–1919
Web: International, Find A Grave Index
Note: This grave was located and recorded by the Sixth-formers of the Parkside Federation, Cambridge on 14 November 2012.
By Emma Easterbrook, Mary Naylor and Ian Bent