The Memorial Cross of Pilot Officer Herbert Harris
GVI (P.O. W.A.HARRIS J38593). Naming is officially engraved, very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Attestation Paper, 2 photographs, and Service Records. Footnote: Herbert Henry Harris , born Welland Ontario, was working as an immigration inspector in Niagara Falls, Ontario prior to enlisting in the RCAF in March 1940. Harris had also worked as a machine operator at the Niagara Dry Beverage Company, and a lathe operator at Dominion Chain Company. He enjoyed wrestling, rugby, baseball, tennis, swimming, and boxing. After extensive periods of illness, Harris was required to take refresher courses as a wireless operator. During training in Labrador, on July 6th 1944, as a member of 145 Squadron, Dartmouth, Harris suffered extensive burns to all surfaces of his body, as well as lacerations to face and scalp. At first it was thought that this was the result of a flying accident, but according to an official letter addressed to Mr.Harris, Herberts father, Pilot Officer was killed on the ground during training.