Horace Durnford Harrison had his birth registered in Sunderland during the second quarter of 1884. He was the son of a chemist and shopkeeper. In 1891, the family lived at The Poplars in Ashbrooke and in 1901 at Glen Villa in the same area. By 1911 he had become a schoolteacher at Carlisle Grammar School and was living at River Street, Carlisle. He seems to have played rugby at Ashbrooke and his name is mentioned in a scrapbook covering Sunderland RFC in 1907. Initially he joined the 7th DLI but was moved to the 10th DLI in December 1914. The Chemist and Druggist newspaper for June 1917 contains the following entry;


Captain Horace Durnford Harrison, of the Army Cyclists’ Corps, has for the second time been mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s despatches. Captain Harrison is the youngest son of Alderman John Harrison, Sunderland, who

recently retired from the Pharmaceutical Council. Prior to August 1914 Captain Harrison was a private in the local Territorials, and on the outbreak of war he was gazetted a second-lieutenant in the Durham Light Infantry, and subsequently attached to the Army Cyclists’ Corps. He became a captain about eight months ago.

His honours list shows that he was mentioned in despatches in both May and June 1917. He is also in the 1918 army list for the Army Cyclist Corps. He married in Sunderland in 1918. He died in 1973 and was buried in Hampsthwaite, Yorkshire.