Lance Corporal Jack Harris Memorial Plaque

Historical note

The British government distributed Memorial Plaques (commonly referred to as ‘dead man’s pennies’) and Memorial Scrolls to the bereaved families. Harris’ parents never unwrapped his Plaque.

Materials
Bronze
Category
Diaries and personal papers
Themes
Personal story
Conflict
First World War
Story
Jack Harris
Production Date
1916
Engraved
Jack Auguste Emile Harris - He died for freedom and honour

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20 February

1942 — Battle of KOEPANG. Japanese troops landed in Timor and met spirited resistance from the Australian troops. Faced with overwhelming odds, most of the Australians surrendered, while others joined forces with the 2/2nd Independent Company and waged a long and gruelling guerrilla campaign, with assistance of friendly Timorese, against the Japanese. The initial attack on Timor cost 84 Australian lives