HARRIS, Ian Walter

Hans Hajos
Queens Own Royal West Kent / Pioneer Corps
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Thursday, January 1, 1920
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Saturday, March 10, 2012
Ian Walter Harris MM 10 Commando

Corporal Ian Harris, born Hans Hajos, attached to No 10 (Inter Allied) Commando 3 troop ('X' troop), was awarded the MM in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe. [1]

Austrian born of mixed Jewish and Gentile parentage he had entered the UK aged 18 after the German Anschluss of Austria.  During the war he served and was wounded with 46RM Commando in Northern France, and later with 45RM Commando during the crossings of the Rhine and Weser. He was again wounded losing the sight in one eye. At the end of the war he joined the Allied Control Commission in Germany as an interpreter [2] .

[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37172, page 3595.
[2] Obituary in The Times 10 March 2012.

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