On the 3rd November 1916 The Wetherby News published a short note:
However, to date, we have not managed to identify this man. We have found records for about 5 men named 'E Harrison' of the Northumberland Fusiliers who were reported as wounded including two around October 1916. However we have not connected either of these men with Collingham. Indeed have not managed to find anyone with this initial or surname in Collingham around this time.
We wonder if there is a possibility that a mistake was made in the Wetherby News at the time. Local newspapers would have had access to the national lists of the wounded and in 1916 this list would have included Private Ernest Harrison of the Northumberland Fusiliers who had served in the 1/6th Battalion with service numbers 8080, 4504 and 267514. This man was killed at the Battle of the Somme but his body was not recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. This Ernest Harrison was from Cottingham, Hull, East Yorkshire, so we wonder if a mis-reading of the list might have meant that the Wetherby News reported his wounding late in 1916. This Ernest Harrison was born in Cottingham in 1893, the fifth son of William Fisher Harrison and Annie Alvin Harrison and had lived at 108 Northgate, Hessle and 244 Park Row, Cottingham.
We will continue to search for details that would either confirm or eliminate this possibility.
We will continue to search for records which shed light on who this man was. If you have any information that could help us, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Biography last updated 03 December 2020 13:37:49.
The Wetherby News 3/11/1916
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