|Title||The Harrison Family|
|Date||1943 – 1944|
|Written By||Carlo Harrison|
|Comment||This bit of history is about my family, an article written during the Second World War about my Granddad John (known as Jack) and my Grandmother May’s family in wartime (Edward) is my Dad.|
“Mr and Mrs J. Harrison of 16 Lower Queen Street, Yeadon, have three sons and three son-in-law’s serving in the forces, and one of their daughters is working in an aircraft factory.
One of the sons, Driver S.W. Harrison, of the R.A.S.C., serving with the C.M.F., writes that he has just given his 200th entertainment show, and that he took part in the first and second editions of the Army Welfare Command Performance Show, “Ancona Antics”, at the Army Welfare Services theatre in Italy.
Before the war Driver Harrison was a popular vocalist and entertainer, better known as “Danny” of the trio the “Two Sylvans and Danny”.
Mr and Mrs Harrison’s eldest son, he is 37 and joined the forces over four and a half years ago.
He went overseas in 1941, was with the Eighth Army throughout the African Campaign and holds the Africa Star.
He took part in the Sicilian and Italian Invasions.
In a boxing championship held in Italy he was the winner of a silver medal.
He was wounded a short while ago but he has now recovered and is back up the line again.
His brother Edward (34) joined the Royal Army Ordnance Corps nearly four years ago.
Before the war he was employed at Otley Mills.
Ronnie (32) joined the R.A.S.C. about the same time as his brother Edward and is now in Italy.
Before going to Italy he served in Africa and he holds the Africa Star.
Prior to the war he was employed by W. Murgatroyd of Yeadon.
Mr and Mrs Harrison have three sons-in-law all in the forces.
Albert Barlow, the husband of their eldest daughter is a gunner in the Royal Artillery.
He is 32 and has been in the forces for over three and a half years.
He is a former Yorkshire weightlifting champion.
Roy Harrison (28) husband of their second daughter has served for five years as a master cook with the Royal Artillery, and worked at Nunroyd Mill, Guiseley, before the war.
Horace Ashworth (24), joined the R.A.F. nearly four years ago, and he is at present and A.C.1.
His wife Olive, who is working at an aircraft factory has devoted her spare time to entertaining the troops.
She is an accordionist.”
I knew Olive Harrison when she was giving accordion lessons to my brothers wife Eieen Kilburn. (nee Lacey)
18 August 2013.
My name is Ivey Ramsay (nee Midgley) previously from Guiseley now in Australia. I have read the article which you posted on the history website. I think you may be related to me through one of your uncles, Ronnie. I think he was married to my Auntie Jessie who was my father’s sister. it was very interesting to see a picture of him and I am sure it is the same person.
I would love to hear from you if you would like to acknowledge if I am correct. Ivey.
This email address is my sister in law’s Brenda.
31 October 2013.
I have emailed you Ivy and yes I guess we are cousins, lovely to hear from you.
Consolidated by Jack Brayshaw. 22 August 2022.
Last updated: 22 August 2022.