The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Harris
First Name:
Charles Henry
Nick Name:
Chas
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX7851
Company:
'A' Company, No. 4 Platoon.
Enlisted:
13.08.1940
DOB:
20.05.1914
Place of Birth:
Picton Junction, Western Australia
Father's Name:
Edward Harris
Mothers's Name:
Ellen Curley Harris
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Farrnhand
Memorial:
Epitaph, Labuan Memorial, Panel 18, Age 31.
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'B' Force Borneo
POW#:
797
Cause of Death:
Malaria
Place of Death:
Sandakan No. 1 Camp.
Date of Death:
27.05.1945
Buried:
No. 2 Cemetery, No. 1 Camp Sandakan.

General Description

 

Harris was with A Coy No. 4 Platoon

The Harris family was living at Boyanup when son Charles  enlisted in 1940.  He was unmarried then aged 25.  It was two years before his sister learned he had been captured and was a POW.

 

Parents Edward Harris and Ellen Curley Winwood married 1909.  Charlie was one of at least 6 or 7 children.

 

Below:  death of father to Ellen Harris at Capel.

 

Below:  Grandfather to Charlie Harris

 

 

Below:  death 1936 of Charlie’s grandmother

 

 

EPSON MFP image
Standing L-R: Brothers Roy Harris (not 2/4th) Charles Harris.  Front Row L-R Back: Left Roy Cox (not 2/4th) and possibly Harry Delaporte WX8011 (Lost South China Sea 12/9/1944 with Rakuyo Maru Party, Kumi No. 37

 

 

 

Two sisters of Charlie Harris married 2/4th mates.
Myrtle May Harris married Harry Delaporte WX8011
and sister Ellen Bertha Harris married Claude Knott WX7616 (Fairbridge Farm School Boy)
Delaporte, Knott and Harris were all in ‘A’ Company.

The Harris and Delaporte families were early pioneers of the district.

HARRIS, Private, CHARLES, WX7851. A.I.F. 2/4 M.G. Bn. Australian Infantry. 27th May 1945. Age 31. Son of Edward and Ellen Curley Harris, of Boyanup, Western Australia. Panel 18, Labuan Memorial Malaysia’

 

HARRIS CHARLES
West Australian Newspapers August 1945

 

Harris Charles

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Harris Charles
Harris Charles

 

As a POW in Singapore Charles Harris was selected to work in Borneo with ‘B’ Force which departed for Sandakan in July 1942.

Charlie died 27 May 1945 aged 31 years of malaria at Sandakan 1 Camp. He was buried at No. 2 Cemetery (which was in use until 29 May 1945).

The 2nd March of 536 POWS had begun their departure in groups of 50 men on 29 May 1945 – leaving 288 sick men behind.

Please read further about ‘B’ and ‘E’ Forces Borneo.

Also please see the Map of Sandakan to Ranau map and photos of the men who perished there.

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Sandakan - Borneo ***
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