More Discoveries

Thanks to Mick at britishwargraves.co.uk, I finally have a photo of Pvt. Harris’ grave.  Because those photos belong to the site’s owner to distribute as he wishes (He’ll send you one for free), I won’t post it myself, but I can now describe the full inscription:

(KSLI Regimental Crest)

7324 Private

J. Harris

King’s Shropshire L.I.

8th July 1915 Age 39

(Cross)

He Did His Duty

What’s interesting is that the information I’d gotten from various other war grave sites- about his parents’ names and the fact that they were from Yeovil- is absent on the headstone, so I can only conclude that there is some other record which mentions this information.

There’s also a chip on the left side of the headstone, though available information suggests that these headstones were placed after the war (when, excactly, I don’t know) so it’s unlikely that this was from the fighting that erupted around 1918 when Houpelines fell to the Germans.

Mick also tells me that he knows of no other cemeteries in France or Belgium that have the same style of fence as Ferme Buterne.  Given that the tree is right next to Pvt. Harris’ grave, I’m reasonably sure now that it’s him despite the differences between the vision and the actual site.  Not bad for finding a 6’x 2′ grave 9,000 miles away in a place I’ve never been to.

I’m still not entirely sure if this was a vision from a past life or just a strange vibration I picked up on that told the story of a restless soldier who died far from home.  Perhaps I’ll never know for sure, but I think it’s time to devote more energy on learning what I can about Pvt. J. Harris of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry… I just hope time has not erased all memory if his life beyond this single cold marker.

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