Captain Howard K. Harris, MC
SAC 1899-1903

Captain Howard Kilbourne Harris was born January 14, 1887 in Brantford, Ontario, son of the late T. M. Harris. He attended Huron Street Public School, Toronto before become one of the first students at St. Andrew's College from 1899 to 1903.  He then attended University College (University of Toronto) from 1904 to 1905, and 1906 to 1909 where he received his Bachelor of Arts, was a member of the XIII Club, Delta Kappa Epsilon and then attended law school. After university, he joined the Banker's Bond Company and was a Lieutenant with our affiliated unit, the 48th Highlanders of Canada.

In April 1915 he went to England where he obtained his commission in the 11th Essex Regiment.  Harris went to France in April 1916, and served on the Somme and Ypres-Passchendaele fronts. He was promoted to Captain in February 1917, and in May was awarded the Military Cross for successfully directing with great coolness and skill, an attack on the enemy's trench near Albert (see below).

Harris was making a reconnaissance on an advanced German post near Bapaume when he was killed in action on Friday, February 22nd, 1918.  He is buried in the H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St Mein, Pas de Calais, France (Grave Number: VIII. A. 37.)  Ecoust-St-Mein is a village between Arras, Cambrai and Bapaume. HAC Cemetery is about 800 metres south of the village on the west side of the D956 road to Beugenatre. 

Military Cross 


With information from "University of Toronto, Roll of Service, 1914-1918"