Harrison, Wilfred

Service number:
5945343 (NCO)/253153 (Officer)
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Wilfred Harrison originally served in Palestine during the Arab Rebellion.`
Following his gallant deeds in Flanders, Harrison was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Pioneer Corps in December 1942, and having been posted out to India found himself attached to the headquarters of the Chindits at Gwalior Palace, but was then dismissed from the Service by sentence of a Field General Court Martial on 8 June 1944.

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Warrent Officer 2nd Class
2nd Battalion, The Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment
Awarded on:
October 22nd, 1940
"The enemy were shelling ‘B’ Company’s forward position at Avelghem when P.S.M. Warren was reported as seriously injured and unable to move in front. C.S.M. Harrison immediately called for a volunteer and with Private Peakes went out, still under shell and rifle fire, and with no regard to his own safety brought back the wounded Warrant Officer. During the withdrawal through La Panne his Company Commander was seriously wounded. He arranged for him to be assisted to the beach and then took charge of the Company. He obtained a motor cycle and under heavy shelling found an alternative route to the beaches in order to minimise losses to the Company. He thereby managed to bring about 75 percent of the Company to the beaches where he had them under complete control. Throughout the Flanders withdrawal, C.S.M. Harrison by displaying consistent courage and leadership was a fine example to those around him."
Distinguished Conduct Medal
Second World War (1939-1945)
Clasp: Palestine
General Service Medal 1918-1962