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Like a King Without a Crown

Edgar Owen Harris (1881-1966)

Edgar was the youngest child of the marriage between Hannah Solomon (grand-daughter of John and Elizabeth Solomon) and Henry Harris. Even so, he was 28 when he enlisted in the army in 1915. His AIF record states that he had a dark complexion, grey eyes and black hair. His religion is listed as Jewish. The record is very similar to Ikey’s convict record... apart from one thing. Edgar was 5 feet 4 inches and Ikey 5 feet 9 inches bucking the trend in convict families.
Edgar spent much of the war in Egypt, Turkey and France as a driver, mostly of ambulances. It would appear that he was not the most diligent of soldiers and he was charged with offences on at least three occasions. He was shot in the forearm in Belgium on June 5th 1917 and returned to Australia in 1918. He lived until 1966.

A photo of a restored Crossley Aviation Wagon, a vehicle used by Australian forces during World War I and driven by ambulance driver Edgar Owen Harris in Egypt, Turkey and France.
A photo of a restored Crossley Aviation Wagon, a vehicle used by Australian forces during World War I and driven by ambulance driver Edgar Owen Harris in Egypt, Turkey and France.

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