Lt Col HJI Harris, 5th LHR, AIF

Lieutenant Colonel Hubert Harris

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Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert Jennings Imrie (Queen's South Africa Medal, Volunteer's Decoration)

Commanding officer, 5th Light Horse Regiment, Australian Imperial Force.

Born 19th January 1871 at Dalby, Queensland.
[Birth certificate: 71/000167; Qld].

Educated: Brisbane Grammar School (1884 - 86)

Married; Accountant and secretary, of corner of Kedron and Main streets, Wooloowin, Brisbane, Queensland

Next of Kin listed as: Wife; Leila Margaret Harris (nee O'Mahoney), of corner of Kedron and Main streets, Wooloowin, Brisbane, Queensland.

Photos of Colonel Harris are known to exist in the following locations:
BGS*. BGSM** Apr 1916 p25. Chataway. Group photo - 5th LHR Officers, Sydney Town & Country Journal 23 Dec 1914 p30. Rockhampton Daily Record 14 Aug 1915 p7. Sydney Mail 25 Aug 1915 p27

Killed in Action
31st July 1915
at Harris Ridge
Aged 44

5th Light Horse Regiment, AIF


Shell Green cemetery




Birth Certificate Register states: Father; Alfred Edward Harris. Mother; Jessie Esther Bailey Harris (nee Imrie).

Fought in South African (Boer) War. [Details to be added at a later date].

More info regarding widow in Brisbane Courier 17 Aug 1915 p7.

CWGC lists Next Of Kin (in addition to wife) as: Father; Major Alfred Edward Harris. Mother; Jessie Esther Bailey Harris (nee Imrie). Wife's address as: Christian St, Clayfield, Brisbane, Qld.

[Photos] *'Annals of The Brisbane Grammar School.' **'Brisbane Grammar School Magazine'.

Killed when shot through the jugular vein, Leane's Trench, (?) Harris Ridge, southern Anzac sector:
'On the night of the 31st July, 1915, the 3rd infantry Brigade made an attack on the Turkish trenches in front of Tasmania Post. ...Our C.O., Lieutenant-Colonel Harris, took up a position in the machine-gun observation post. At 8 p.m. the 3rd Infantry Brigade attacked. This provoked heavy shell fire from the Turks. One shell exploded about our machine gun observation post. A bullet entered the loop-hole and struck Lieutenant-Colonel Harris on the neck. He died within two minutes. ...On the 1st August Colonel Harris was buried on Shell Green at 9.15 p.m., the ceremony being conducted by the Dean of Sydney and the Reverend Robertson. The officers of the regiment arranged for the erection of a tablet in the Brisbane Grammar School to the memory of our late commanding officer. (Chataway p25-6).

4 September - 'I hear Col. Harris was killed whilst observing, the bullet entering at the cheek & coming out of the top of his head.' (Papers, Trooper H.F.W. Tucker, No. 177, 6th Light Horse Regiment).

A letter from Major (later Brigadier-General) L.C. Wilson, 5th Light Horse Regiment, to Mrs Harris appears in the Brisbane Courier 2 Oct 1915 p5).

'HARRIS - On 31st July, killed in action at the Dardanelles, Lieutenant-Colonel Hubert J.I. Harris, V.D. 5th Light Horse Regiment, beloved husband of Leila Margaret Harris, Kedron St, Wooloowin.' (Roll of Honour - The Queenslander 4 Sep 1915 p9).

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