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8th (Service) Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Service No: 3692

Charles Cairns Harrison grave

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Family Information

Son of Samuel John Bishop Harrison and Janet (Jessie) Cairns Harrison of 3e Water St, Coatbridge. Younger brother of Guardsman Samuel Harrison of the 1st Battalion Scots Guards who was Killed in Action exactly 8 months earlier on the 25/01/1915. From the 1901 Census - Address - 70n Dunbeth Rd, Coatbridge - Samuel Harrison aged 40, Janet Harrison aged 35, Samuel Harrison aged 11, Charles Harrison aged 9, Josiah Harrison aged 7, John Harrison aged 5, Elizabeth Harrison aged 3, Albert Harrison aged 1. Charles and his brother Samuel's Pensions were awarded to their mother Janet of 4a Carradale St, Coatbridge.

Born / Resided

Coatbridge / 15 Corsewall St, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action on the 25/09/1915 on the opening day of the Battle of Loos

Enlisted

Glasgow

Employed

Tinsmith in the Tinplate Iron Works (Charles' father Sam had worked here for 50 years).

Age

24 / DOB - 12/07/1891

Buried / Remembered

Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (XXX. F. 12), Souchez, Pas de Calais, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

Situated between two war cemeteries, one French and the other German, Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery lies south of the town of Souchez in France. The cemetery contains more than 7,650 burials of servicemen of the British Empire in the First World War, over half of which remain unidentified. Cabaret Rouge was a small café, its brick building with red tiles was distinctive in the village where most of the houses were thatched. It stood less than a mile south of Souchez and was destroyed by heavy shelling in May 1915. The cemetery contains the graves of many units that served in this sector including British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Indian and South African forces

Additional Information

Charles and the Battalion arrived at Boulogne on the 10/05/1915 and were part of the 26th Brigade, 9th (Scottish) Division. The opening day of The Battle of Loos : 07.05 - noon : The 9th (Scottish) Division had to attack the formidable obstacle of the Hohenzollern Redoubt and Fosse 8, the high location of the main enemy observation posts looking across the whole battlefield. Preparations had included Russian saps to close the distance to be covered, and effective observed heavy shelling. The lead units of 26th Brigade suffered casualties as they cleared the gas and smoke, but advanced through well-cut wire to quickly take the front face of the Redoubt. The 8th Black Watch came up from reserve to reinforce, but suffered grievous casualties from fire from Mad Point. By now it had become clear that failure on their left meant that the Brigade could not continue, and instead it had to prepare against counterattack, while under continuous enemy shellfire. Auchy area: The attack of 9th (Scottish) Division had by mid-morning succeeded in reaching and occupying the enemy trench network around the Hohenzollern Redoubt and Fosse 8, and also Pekin Trench. Scottish Regiments lost a huge amount of brave men at Loos. Here is a list of Infantry Battalions who lost more than 500 men at the Battle of Loos from 25/09/1915 to 16/10/1915 - 7th Cameron Highlanders 687, of which 19 Officers, 9th Black Watch 680, of which 20 Officers, 6th King’s Own Scottish Borderers 650, of which 20 Officers, 10th Highland Light Infantry 648, of which 20 Officers, 7th King’s Own Scottish Borderers 631, of which 20 Officers, 8th Devons 619, of which 19 Officers, 8th Royal West Kents 580, of which 24 Officers, 8th Buffs 558, of which 24 Officers, 12th Highland Light Infantry 553, of which 23 Officers, 8TH BLACK WATCH 511, OF WHICH 19 OFFICERS, 5th North Staffordshire 505, of which 20 Officers, 8th Seaforth Highlanders 502, of which 23 Officers. Charles is listed as 18TH BATTALION on the Memorial. See Directory for Charles' elder brother Guardsman Samuel Harrison's page. The Weekly News Newspaper of the 20/07/1918 carried a story about a man called Harrison taking on 80 Germans single-handed. The Coatbridge Leader gave this some prominence on the 07/09/1918. This was almost 3 years after Charles' death. He is also remembered in the St Augustine's Parish (book) Roll of Honour. Charles was reburied in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery (see photos). See photos for Charles' Medal Index Card, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, his Headstone report x 2, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, the Black Watch Cap Badge and Charles and his brother Samuel's Pension Records x 3. Charles' grave inscription reads "EVER REMEBERED".

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