Memorial to Able Seaman Harris (d.1917)
Type Panel , Statue
A bust of Seaman Harris in his uniform, the word 'ADMIRABLE' is written in raised text on the band of his cap (the name of the ship to which he was originally posted). The plaque on the front of the pedestal has a relief of depicting the act which Harris is remembered for; a sailor is lying across the wireless table in exhaustion, his hands upon the set as he sends his last message.
Able Seaman Harris (d.1917) came from the Penn area of Wolverhampton, and had worked in a local bakery before enlisting. He was a wireless operator aboard the Italian drifter Floandi when it came under heavy fire in the Adriatic. He continued to record messages in the ship's log until he was hit and killed by a piece of shrapnel. He died on 15 May 1917, and was later awarded one of the Italian Navy's Highest Awards for bravery.
On plaque, raised lettering: DOUGLAS MORRIS/ HARRIS A.B.,R.N.V.R./ THE HEROIC WIRELESS/ OPERATOR WHO CONTINUED/ TO RECORD MESSAGES/ IN THE LOG ON THE SHELL/ TORN DRIFTER FLOANDI UNTIL/ KILLED BY ENEMY GUNFIRE/ ADRIATIC SEA MAY 15 1917
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