Naming honour for a town hero

By Rob George 13/04 Updated: 24/04 14:15

The former medals office site in Droitwich which will soon become 'Harrison Park' Picture by Marcus Mingins 0212026MMR

A DROITWICH war hero who was honoured for his bravery in the First World War will have a new housing development named after him.

Housing chiefs in charge of revamping the former Army Medals Office site on Worcester Road want the family of Sergeant Edward Harrison to play a part in the opening ceremony.

Bovis Homes want to speak to anyone related to Sgt Harrison for the new ‘Harrison Park’ development which will offer 64 new homes.

The company’s marketing manager Heather Suffield discovered the story of Sgt Harrison in research carried out by resident Jon Winks.

“Whenever we go into a community to build homes we look to give the new development a name that reflects the area and its history,” she said.

“The land we are building on obviously has a military past and in researching the area I came across a document that gave some background and biographies to the names on the town’s war memorial.

“The team here thought it would be fitting to recognise the extraordinary bravery of this ordinary Droitwich man

“Now what we would like to do is find some local people who are related to Edward to let them know our intentions and

perhaps have them take part in the opening ceremony.”

Sgt Harrison, known as ‘Ted’ was born in Droitwich and the eldest son of John and Ada Harrison of 23 Albert Street.

He worked as a brick layer for the Great Western Railway and played for Droitwich United football team.

He enlisted in Birmingham in September 1914 and joined the 9th South Staffordshire Battalion.

Sgt Harrison was awarded the Military Medal for ‘conspicuous bravery and gallantry in the field’ in July 1917 but was killed in action in France the next month.

Speaking to The Standard, Jon Winks said he believed Sgt Harrison was the only person on the town’s memorial who won a medal for bravery.

“His Military Medal citation was published in the London Gazette a week before he died so it’s entirely possible he never even knew he had been awarded the medal.

“Sergeant Edward Harrison was one of many heroes from the town who gave their lives for their country,” he added.

Anyone related to Sgt Harrison or with information about his descendants can call Heather on 01675 437011.

Jon would also like to hear from Sgt Harrison’s relatives as part of his updated biography of the names on the town’s war memorial, e-mail jon.winks@gmail.com with any information.

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