Harrison vital in Egypt and Palestine campaigns

AT 36, Alfred Ernest Harrison was one of the older men to enlist for World War I.

He was born in Victoria but after he finished school, moved to South Fremantle before taking up prospecting in the Goldfields.

He was the last of his brothers to enlist, following older siblings Robert and John to the battlefields when he signed up on March 3, 1916.

He joined the 10th Light Horse Regiment and, after training at Blackboy Hill, set off for war on November 4 aboard the HMAT Bakara – the same day his brother John died in Egypt.

Alfred served with the 10th for the first few months of 1917 – including during the first assault on Gaza – before being sent to the 3rd Light Horse Field Ambulance with septic sores.

Once recovered he fought alongside the 10th until 1918, during which he was involved in Plan Beersheba, the Es Salt raid and the capture of Damascus and Jerusalem.

He became ill with a recurring case of Malaria and was sent home, disembarking in Fremantle on May 29, 1919.

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