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Alma Inkerman Harris was born in 1887 to Frank and Margaret Harris (nee Malan), of Edge Hill, Liverpool, England.

On 16th June 1912, Alma arrived in Quebec having taken the decision to emigrate to Canada.

On 22nd November 1913, Alma married Orillia-born May Kelleher in York, Ontario. They had a daughter together, Winifred May Harris who was born in 1914.

It is not known when he returned to England, but during the Great War he served with Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the number 7785.

Alma sailed to France with the 7th (Service) Battalion on 17th July 1915, he had already been promoted to Serjeant sometime before they set sail.

During the course of the War, Alma Harris was promoted to Warrant Officer Class 1 and appointed as Regimental Serjeant Major of the 2/4th (Territorial) Battalion.

Alma survived the War and was demobilised to Class Z reserve. He then returned home to Canada.

On 3rd June 1919 the Supplement to the London Gazette announced that R.S.M Alma Inkerman Harris, of the 2/4th Battalion would be awarded the Military Cross (M.C).


Alma Harris would not live long enough to receive his medals, he died due to unknown War-related reasons on 27th November 1919. In addition to the M.C. his next of kin would have received the 1914/15 star, British War Medal and Victory medal. They would have also received the memorial plaque and scroll in recognition of his sacrifice.

Alma Inkerman Harris is the only First World War CWGC casualty to be buried in Orillia (St. Michael’s) Roman Catholic Cemetery. He is also remembered on page 596 of the Canadian First World War Book of Remembrance.

Rank: Regimental Serjeant Major
Service No: 7785
Date of Death: 27/11/1919
Age: 32
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Awards: M C

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