Son of George Alexander Harkness and Mary Blanche Harkness. Husband of Lucetta Marguritte Harkness (nee Koster), married 1926.
A Nelson Airman interned in Holland. Colonist, Volume LVIII, Issue 14255, 9 November 1916, Page 4.] Although no official statement has been issued, there is no doubt that the airman who was unfortunate enough to have to descend in Dutch territory, and will consequently be interned for the period of the war, is the young New Zealander, Lieutenant Donald Ernest Harkness, D.S.C., R.N.A.S., son of Mr G. A. Harkness, of Nelson (writes the London correspondent of the "Post"). Lieutenant Harkness had done a good deal of air raiding over the enemy posts in Belgium, and it was for his attack on the airship sheds at Berchem St. Agathe, on August 9th, that he got the D.S.C. Following Flight- Lieutenant Collett, who also got the Cross, Lieutenant Harkness could not descend so low owing to the anti-aircraft fire, which had now got the range, but he dropped, some of his bombs on the shed at Evere, and then proceeded to St. Agathe. On Sunday a squadron of eight naval aeroplanes carried out a further attack on the aerodrome at St. Denis Westrem. There were eight aeroplanes, and after the attack watchers in Holland saw one drifting northward at a considerable height above the sea - it finally landed on Dutch territory, near West Kapelle, with a damaged motor having been heavily bombarded from Zeebrugge. A message from Amsterdam says that Lieutenant Harkness was slightly wounded, and the official report, says:—"One of our machines was obliged to make a forced landing in. Holland, and the pilot has been interned." AWMM