Harris, David Carrington

He was the elder son of Gilbert Harvey Harris and Muriel Carrington Harris (née Perks), of Stone, Staffordshire.   He was an outstanding figure in his time at Winchester. He won almost all the principal classical prizes (Latin Verse, Greek Verse twice, Greek Prose), not to mention the Divinity and Kenneth Freeman prizes, ending with a New College Scholarship and the Pitt Club Exhibition in a year of an exceptionally high standard. He was Prefect of School in 1933-34 and Prefect of Hall in 1934-35. He was in College VI for three years and captain for the last two. He scored some of the most spectacular plants ever seen in College Canvas. He also won a number of races in Athla, was captain of Running in 1935, and was in Soccer 2nd XI.

At Oxford he ran for a freshman’s team against Cambridge freshmen, and did some noteworthy work with a New College Boys’ Club. He obtained Firsts in Mods and Greats, was given the Craven Scholarship in 1936, and had been appointed as a Classics Master at Bedford to begin work there in September 1939.

The outbreak of war brought him at once into the army. He had already, as an undergraduate, obtained a commission in the Artillery Squadron of the Oxford Survey Training Centre.   He went to France with the BEF that autumn, was in the advance into Belgium, and took part in the retreat and the evacuation from Dunkirk. In 1941 he was promoted Captain and Adjutant.

He went to North Africa as a Major early in 1942, with 19 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery, equipped with 25-pounder guns. He took part in the fighting in the Medjez-el-Bab salient, Tunisia, where he was co-operating with a Guards Brigade.

On April 28th Harris was blown up in a mine-field.  He was brought back by the Grenadier Guards, but died in hospital at Thibar next day without regaining consciousness. He was twenty-six years old, and now rests in grave D.26 of Thibar Seminary War Cemetery.

His CO wrote:  “On David, God lavished all His gifts, great brains, physical fitness, great charm, good looks, a keen sense of humour, gaiety and a quiet mind, judgement and a great sense of the fitness of things. Brave to recklessness, always trying to ease the burden of others. Of all things perhaps his great charm of manner was his outstanding gift. A great Christian gentleman.”


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Harris
  • Forenames or initials: David Carrington
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1929-1935
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: 19 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 22nd May 1916
  • Date of Death: 29th April 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner G1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Thibar Seminary War Cemetery: Grave D.26