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 Private Louis Narcis Harris   Force: Army Regiment: Canadian Machine Gun Corps Battalion: 3rd Machine Gun Company Regimental Number: 2005027 Rank: Private Date of Birth: May 1, 1896 Place of Birth: Little River Harbour, N.S. Date of Enlistment: December 27, 1916 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, N.S. Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 20 years, 7 months Height: 5 feet, 5 inches Trade: Dentist Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: (Father) James Harris, Little River Harbour, N.S. Louis Narcis Harris was the son of James and Mary Harris, of Little River Harbour, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia.  He enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps but in France transferred to the the Canadian Machine Gun Corps, 3rd Machine Gun Company. He was killed in action on August 26, 1918. Date of Death: August 26, 1918 Age at Death: 22 Cemetery: Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France (Plot: XVII. J. 25.) Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery Caberet Rouge was a small, red-bricked, red-tiled café that stood close to this site in the early days of the First World War. The café was destroyed by shellfire in March 1915 but it gave its unusual name to this sector and to a communication trench that led troops up the front-line. Commonwealth soldiers began burying their fallen comrades here in March 1916. The cemetery was used mostly by the 47th (London) Division and the Canadian Corps until August 1917 and by different fighting units until September 1918. It was greatly enlarged in the years after the war when as many as 7,000 graves were concentrated here from over 100 other cemeteries in the area. For much of the twentieth century, Cabaret Rouge served as one of a small number of ‘open cemeteries’ at which the remains of fallen servicemen newly discovered in the region were buried. Today the cemetery contains over 7,650 burials of the First World War, over half of which remain unidentified. Many different Commonwealth units served in this sector during the war and the cemetery contains the graves of British, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Indian and South African soldiers. It is also the final resting place of over 70 officers of the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force. Cabaret Rouge has a particularly close connection with the Canadian Infantry, however, as hundreds of Canadians who were killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 were ultimately laid to rest here.   Commemorated on Page 424 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on September 11 and September 12   Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada   Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (p 201)  
  Private Louis Narcis Harris
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