- Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial
- Panel: 32
Distinctions and medals
Private Mervyn Gladstone Harris was born on October 28th 1897 in Argalong, Australia. He was one of eleven children of his parents James and Mary. Before he enlisted in the army he worked as a labourer. When he enlisted, he joined the 2nd Battalion of the Australian Infantry, part of the 1st Australian Brigade of the 1st Australian Division. His date of death is mentioned incorrectly on the Commonwealth War Grave Commission, for he died on 18th September 1917 and not the 11th September as the CWGC mentions.
On September 16th his battalion moved from Mic Mac Camp (H.31.b.3.5.) to the Hooge area where they relieved the 15th Battalion of the London Regiment in support. The battalion was distributed as follows: “A” and “B” Companies and 1 Platoon of “C” Company were in Ignorance Trench (south of Chateau Wood), 3 platoons of “C” Company were in the Menin Road Tunnel (J.13.a.8.3.), and “D” Company were in the Zouave Trench, with the Battalion Headquarter at Chateau Wood (J.15.a). This move was, however, carried out in daylight and came under enemy observation, which made the tracks that were used targets for shelling. After the relief, the remainder of September 16th until September 19th was spent in improving the (very poor) accommodations and carrying forward ammunition from the Divisional Dump at Hooge Crater to the forward brigade dumps at Clapham Junction. For these duties up to 300 men were continuously employed, but this involved passing through the shelled area along the Menin Road (J.13.a. & b.) which caused a lot of casualties.
One of the casualties during the carrying of supplies to Clapham Junction on September 18th was Private Mervyn Gladstone Harris. He was killed in action. He was likely killed on the supply tracks that were shelled along the Menin Road at J.13.a.&b. He has no known grave, but is now remembered on the Menin Gate, Panel 32.