Thursday 11th April 1918
Woolacombe Soldier killed in Action
Sincere sympathy will be expressed with Mr. W. B. Harris, grocer, and Miss, Harris of Woolacombe in the tragic blow which has befallen them through the death of their second son, who was killed in France in the early days of the great German offensive, this was being the second son they have lost in the War. Private James H. Harris, who was engaged in the grocery business in Bristol at the outbreak of War, enlisted in the Gloucester Regiment about three years ago, and had been in France for nearly two years, having been latterly transferred to an entrenching battalion. He had been twice previously wounded, having taken part in the first Somme battle and also in the fighting before Cambrai. In the course of a letter conveying the sad news to the parents, the writer, who was his section commander, said :- “We were in a very hot corner at the time, and death came very suddenly. I have reason to think he suffered no pain. I have lost a dear friend, as we had been together since the Division came to France” Pte Harris was only 22 years of age. The deceased soldiers brother lost his life at Salonika as the result of an accident about two years ago. He also saw considerable service prior to meeting with his untimely end, having been through the Dardanelles operations, and been present at the Suvla Bay landing.