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  cap badgePrivate Charles Cairns Harrison

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

Charles Cairns Harrison grave





Personal details

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.


Killed in Action 25/09/1915 at Loos




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


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 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. 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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