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Research led to offer of gift of Dudley grandfather's war medals

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 08, 2014

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I HAVE recently been researching my family history and in particular that of my grandfather William H Harris.

Having mentioned him to various members of the family I discovered that his war medals are in the possession of my uncle Gordon Jeavons who has kindly offered to give them to me.

He was given the medals by my Grandmother on the understanding that he would wear them each year at the Armistice day parades in honour of her husband.

He was christened Horatius Harris but did not care for his first name and adopted William as a alternative name.

He enlisted with the South Staffordshire Regiment on July 4, 1912, as a regular soldier.

He married my Grandmother, who was in service at a lodging house in Birmingham, in December 1915 at Boldmere Parish Church, Sutton Coldfield.

They lived on High Street, Kates Hill, Dudley, and had two children, Ivy Harris born 1917 and Alfred Harris born 1919. He served till July 1918 and was honourably discharged due to ill health (he was gassed in the trenches).

After the war he spent a long time in sanatoriums but never regained full health and died in 1923.

My Grandmother's brothers, Alfred J Jeavons and Arthur T Jeavons, also died in that war. He also wrote a poem in memory of the victims of Maltby Main Colliery explosion, near Rotherham. Kind regards,

Leonard Rhodes,

6 Hinksford Gardens,


Near Dudley, DY34NX.


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