Topic: Jack Lionel Harrison (1913-1943)

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Published poet and former Tauranga District High School student Jack Lionel Harrison died whilst a Prisoner of War.

Jack Lionel Harrison (1913-1943)Jack Lionel Harrison was born on 13 October 1913. He went to Tauranga District High School and was in the Territorials.

Jack had poetry published including 'A Maori Legend of Old Tauranga'.

He landed in Egypt on 13 February 1940 and saw action in Greece and on Crete where he was wounded and captured. He escaped and was free for 18 months before being recaptured.

He died whilst being transported to Italy when the ship he was aboard was torpedoed in the Mediterranean.

Jack is remembered in Tauranga's Memorial Grove, two rows of totara trees located on Fifteenth Avenue which stand as a memorial to 41 former Tauranga District High School students killed during World War II (1939-1945).


Sources:

A Maori legend of old Tauranga and other verses (1939) by Jack Lionel Harrison.

Cenotaph Database

Reunion leads to hunt for war dead - research by Betty Eaton-Woodcock (Bay of Plenty Times, 25 April 2011, pp. 10-11).

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Jack Lionel Harrison (1913-1943)


Year:1943
Note:Service Number: 2645
First Names:Jack Lionel
Last Name:Harrison
Date of Birth:13 October 1913
Country of birth:New Zealand
Date of death:21 January 1943
Place of death:At Sea - Mediterranean
Place of burial:Alamein Memorial, El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt
Occupation:Poet
Fathers name:Job Harrison
Mothers name:Julia Harrison
Military Service:World War II (1939-1945)