Queen’s South Africa Medal, bar Natal, Orderly E.P. Harrison, Imperial Hospital Corps.
Entitlement confirmed on the roll, scarce issue of the Natal bar.
The books for the unit recalls him as Edmund Pontifex Harrison and later being a Leader, serving between 6th April 1900 until 4th February 1901, before re-attesting until his second discharge on 17th February 1902.
Edmund Pontifex Harrison was born at Plumstead Common, Kent during 1852. The 1st Son of Sir Robert Seppings Harrison (1822-1872) and Emily Pontifex (1823-1895).
His father had been an officer with the Royal Marines Light Infantry, entering the corps as a young 17 year old on HMS Benbow, who shortly after distinguished himself during the Syrian War as Commanding Officer at the attack on Tortosa, later serving in Hong Kong and the First New Zealand War of 1846. Later served in the Baltic Expedition and retired as a Colonel.
At the age of 19 on 7th March 1871 Edmund was accepted as a candidate to join the Institute of Civil Engineers and begin training.
He moved to South Africa and was about 48 by the time of the beginning of Boer War, when he seemingly volunteered for service, likely for some work related to Civil Engineering.
He stayed in South Africa, when his wife Emma Elvira Harrison died aged 70 at Pretoria on 3rd August 1912.
By 28th October 1931 he had returned to England and died in Canterbury, Kent.