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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Memorial to Able Seaman Harris (d.1917)

Summary

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.

Inscriptions

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

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Emerson, Robert Jackson Sculptor

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Bust Bronze 60cm high
Pedestal Limestone 190cm high approx
Plaque Bronze None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
WMwvWVxx013 BM
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Bird guano
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Surface spalling, crumbling
  • Biological growth
  • Metallic staining
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road Lichfield Street
Precise location In garden next to St Peter's Church
A-Z ref 29 1H
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1917
Year of unveiling 1918
Unveiling details Unveiled 23 June 1918
Commissioned by Public subscription
Duty of care Wolverhampton City Council
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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