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Webster Henry Fanning Harris

In memory of:

Chaplain 4th Class Webster Henry Fanning Harris

May 4, 1917

Military Service






Canadian Army Chaplains Department

Additional Information


December 5, 1884
St. Thomas, Ontario


January 27, 1916
London, England

Son of Robert Fanning Harris and Sarah Maria Longley Harris; husband of Grace Harris, of Tuscola County, Michigan, U.S.A.

Commemorated on Page 252 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

III. A. 8.


Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Roll of Service– From the "University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", published in 1921.
  • Commemorative Plaque– This memorial plaque is mounted St. George's Anglican Church, Stettler, where the Rev. W.H.Fanning Harris was the rector from 1910-1914.
  • Photo of Webster Harris– From: The Varsity Magazine Supplement published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto 1918.  
Submitted for the Soldiers' Tower Committee, University of Toronto, by Operation Picture Me.
  • Grave marker– Photo provided by The Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project. Volunteer Mike Symmonds
  • Photo of Webster Harris– Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • The Soldiers' Tower– The Soldiers' Tower was built at University of Toronto between 1919-1924 in memory of those lost to the University in the Great War. The name of "Capt Rev W.H.F. Harris C.C.S." is among the 628 names carved on the Memorial Screen, which can be seen at photo left. Photo: K. Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Memorial Room, Soldiers' Tower, University of Toronto.  Photo by David Pike 2010; courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial– Beechwood National Military Cemetery
Hall of Colours
Military Chaplains stained glass window

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