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Auction: 18002 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 419

Pair: Rifleman C. H. Harrison, 6th Battalion, London Regiment, attached 2nd Battalion, King's Royal Rifles Corps, who was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Epehy, attempting to capture German outpost positions in front of the Hindenburg line

British War and Victory Medals (324174 Pte. C. H. Harrison. 6-Lond R.), nearly very fine (2)

Charles H. Harrison was born in Clerkenwell and enlisted in London. He was killed in action on 18 September 1918 during an attack by all three corps of General Rawlinson's Fourth Army, aided by a corps from Sir Julian Byng's Third Army. The British assault was assisted by a creeping barrage involving some 1500 artillery pieces and 300 machine-guns.

Although by no means a large-scale success, Epehy along with Havrincourt and St. Mihiel before it, confirmed German weakness and thus encouraged further Allied action sooner rather than later, rather than enabling the German Army to consolidate their positions.

Harrison is buried in the Bellicourt British Cemetery which is located between Cambrai and St. Quentin, the scene of the pivotal battle a few days later which resulted in the first full breach of the Hindenburg line; sold with copied MIC.

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