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Jack Hardy Harris

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Jack Hardy AWMM
  • Surname
    Harris AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    472141 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1903 AWMM ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM 108 Petrie Street, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs K.R.R. Harris (wife), 108 Petrie Street, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    472141 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Clerk AWMM
    ChristchurchCanterbury AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Jack Harris was the son of George and Letitia Harris, of Canterbury, New Zealand; husband of Kathleen Rita Harris, of Shirley, Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    All Black in 1925 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 May 1944 AWMM
    Age 41 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cassino War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VI. C. 8. AWMM
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  • Jack Harris' chief claim to rugby fame perhaps lies in the fact that he was beaten for the fullback's spot in the All Black team for the tour of Britain and France in 1924/5 by a then unknown Maori teenager, George Nepia. Until the sudden emergence of the man who would become the star of the "Invincibles", Canterbury's Harris was considered to be the leading contender to be the touring fullback. And in his autobiography Nepia talks with some feeling how deeply sorry he felt for Harris when the team selection was read out. The two men had been the opposing fullbacks in the final trial and as such exchanged pleasantries after the match. Despite his natural disappointment in missing out Harris appears to have been a man made of stern stuff. For Nepia also relates that Harris took his knockback bravely and offered Nepia himself genuine congratulations. Harris eventually did gain the All
    Public - Leonard Harris - Researcher - 8 July 2016
  • Jack was born in 1903 and died 1944 in Italy. he was one of 8 Children born to William George and Letitia Harris of Christchurch - If you have any information or are related to this family PLEASE make contact with me -- Many thanks
    Public - Leonard Harris - Researcher - 8 July 2016



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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Chester, R., McMillan, N. & Palenski, R. (2005). The encyclopedia of New Zealand rugby. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder Moa. (4th ed.) AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 82 AWMM
    • Coughlan, C. (2006). Diary of a Kiwi Soldier in World War II. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
      A reference to the death of a corporal n.p., entry 20 May 1944. Possibly refers to Jack Harris. AWMM
    • Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
01 May 2020Ian BanksTaumarunui New Zealand.Researcher
08 July 2016Leonard HarrisNew ZealandResearcher

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