Private Bernard HARRISON


Regiment/Service:
Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.)
Unit:
n/k
Service Number:
123959
Date of Death:
25th May 1921 - Died
Age:
20
Cemetery / Memorial:
Grave Number:
2395




Personal History:

Bernard was born in the September quarter 1900, at the 'Cottage of Content', Green Lane, Burbage, Buxton. (1901 Census RG 13/3270) He was the eldest son of Isaac Hardwick (Civil Engineer) and Gertrude Mary (née Insley) Harrison. He had two older sisters, Gladys Victoria Mary and Gertrude Charlotte Marjorie, and younger siblings, Dorothy, Reginald, Gerald and Francis (1911 Census RG14/21237).
'The Buxton Advertiser' of the 28th May 1921 reported that Bernard: "... had been studying for the profession of a pharmaceutical chemist, with Mr. J.J.E. Pugh, but had not reached the final examination. He was educated at Buxton College, where he was a keen member of the cadet corps, and he had also been a member of the local troop of Boy Scouts."

N.B. 'Cottage of Content' is believed to have earned its name during the early Victorian period when it was occupied by locally renowned gardener, Brandreth Bagshaw, who created such a stunning garden it became a local attraction.


Military History:
Bernard's Service Papers have not survived so there is no record of when he enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters, or which Battalion. However, in view of his age, i.e. only 18 when the Armistice was declared, and the fact that he has no Medal Index Card, meaning he did not serve aboard, even though 'The Buxton Advertiser' reported that he had been posted to France. Bernard must have enlisted very near the end of the War. [Another Sherwood Forester's recruit with a similar Service Number - 123946 - enlisted on the 2nd September 1918.] Quite possibly he enlisted as soon as he reached his 18th Birthday.

Bernard died in Buxton on the 25th May 1921, just six days before the closing date for recognition by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, although he has no CWGC headstone, and is buried in the grave of his grandmother, Mary Harrison.

When reporting Bernard's death 'The Buxton Advertiser' of the 28th May 1921 that he had: "… joined the Notts and Derbys and went out to France when he was 18 years of age, [and] had never recovered from the effects of war, but he bore sufferings with commendable courage." Bernard was buried on the 28th May at Buxton Cemetery.

Seven years later Bernard's father, Isaac, died and was interred in the same grave.

Sources:
· The Buxton Advertiser - 28 May 1921

Commemorated on:

Pt. Bernard Harrison died after the names had been submitted for inclusion in the Buxton Memorials
He is buried in Buxton Cemetery 







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