Leading Seaman P/JX 131559 Royal Navy H.M.S. Barham
Died 25 November 1941 aged 29
Remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church
William was the son of Reginald and Edith Harrison.
The 1911 census records that Reginald and Edith Harrison lived in barracks at Aldershot with their two children Reginald and Gladys. William was born in 1912.
Reginald died in 1961 and Edith died in 1959, and they are buried in Ash Cemetery. They lived at Orchard Cottage in Firacre Road.
“My mother's brother was killed in WW2 when the ship he was on was torpedoed in the Mediterranean by a German U boat in November 1941. The ship was HMS Barham and it sunk in 5 minutes with the loss of over 800 lives. His name was William Harrison. I remember my mother saying that when the telegram arrived her mother went upstairs for four hours and when she came down she would not speak of it. I thought this was very odd but on visiting the web site dedicated to the men of HMS Barham it tells you that the government insisted that the loss of the ship was not made known because of the propaganda value to the Germans at the time. Hence all telegrams asked for total secrecy about the loss.” Sue Harrison-Stone (Ash Museum ref 642)
William was the husband of Patricia Joan Harrison of Aldershot.