Archibald John Harrison

“If anyone had an excuse to remain at home he had.”

Archibald John Harrison enlisted on February 23, 1916 from Ingersoll, Ontario and served as a private in the 21st Battalion.

While serving in France he was killed in the Battle of Passchendaele on November 12, 1917, at age twenty-two. A newspaper clipping described Harrison as “a young man of splendid character, an active member of the Sunday School and Epworth League.”

He was born on January 5, 1895 and lived all his life in Dereham, Ontario west of Toronto and was the only son on the farm. “If anyone had an excuse to remain at home he had,” reads the newspaper article.

Harrison left behind his parents George and Anna, and his three sisters—Edna, Minnie and Dora.

He’s buried at the Artillery Wood Cemetery in Belgium and commemorated on the Ingersoll Cenotaph.

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