1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (British Army)
Date Of Birth:
22/03/1918 (Killed in Action)
Charles Harkin was the eldest son of Philip and Susanna Harkin. He was born 7th October 1896 in the Moy area. He was one of five children. His father was an agricultural labourer. The family lived in the Moy / Charlemont area. Private Charles Harkin was serving with the 1st Battalion of the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers when he was killed in action on Friday 22nd March 1918 during the German Spring Offensive. In his will, Charles left all to his mother Susanna Harkin, who was living in Stangmore, Dungannon.
Pozieres is a village 6 kilometres north-east of the town of Albert. The Memorial encloses Pozieres British Cemetery which is a little south-west of the village on the north side of the main road, D929, from Albert to Pozieres. On the road frontage is an open arcade terminated by small buildings and broken in the middle by the entrance and gates. Along the sides and the back, stone tablets are fixed in the stone rubble walls bearing the names of the dead grouped under their Regiments. It should be added that, although the memorial stands in a cemetery of largely Australian graves, it does not bear any Australian names. The Australian soldiers who fell in France and whose graves are not known are commemorated on the National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.