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   Lieutenant Edgar Henry Harper
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 13/05/2021
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: 8th Battalion, South Staffordshire Regiment (British Army)
Date Of Birth: 04/07/1880
Died: 10/07/1916 (Killed in Action)
Age: 34
Lieutenant E H Harper was the eldest son of Mr Henry M Harper, Northland Place, Dungannon, whose youngest son, Lieutenant Ernest M. Harper, Royal Munster Fusiliers, was killed at the Dardanelles on 9th August last. Lieutenant E.H. Harper was educated at Dungannon Royal School, Queen’s University, Belfast, and Trinity College, Dublin. He held an appointment as Lecturer in Bangor University, Wales, and prior to the war was Professor in Mathematics in Cork University, which position he relinquished to volunteer in the service of his country. He obtained a commission in the Royal Munster Fusiliers in May, 1915, and was transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment, where he received promotion. He was an enthusiastic Rugby football player.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial
  Thiepval, Somme, 
Grave Ref: Face 7B
CWGC Casualty 789450
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929). Each year a major ceremony is held at the memorial on 1 July. The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme is a war memorial to 72,337 missing British and South African servicemen who died in the Battles of the Somme of the First World War between 1915 and 1918, with no known grave. It is near the village of Thiepval, Picardy in France. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, Thiepval has been described as "the greatest executed British work of monumental architecture of the twentieth century"
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Dungannon War Memorial - WWI - Panel 2 Dungannon
Local Institute / Local Book Details

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1 Royal School Dungannon Book 29
2 Queens University Belfast
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1 1901 census lists Edgar Harper Lists Edgar H as living with relatives at house 44 in Lisbane, Tullynakill, Down
2 1901 census lists Harper family Does not list Edgar Henry as living with the family at house 3 in Northland Place, Dungannon
3 1911 census lists Harper family Does not list Edgar Henry as living with the family at house 3 in Northland Place, Dungannon
4 2nd Presbyterian Dungannon Edgar H Harper, killed in action.
5 Book "Aerial locomotion" Book co-written by Edgar Henry Harper. First published in 1910.
6 Book on Cork University De Valera gets pipped by Edgar
7 Brief De Valera biography Mentions E H Harper
8 Forum discussion (GWF) Forum discussion on Edgar H Harper including
9 Irish War Memorials Listed on 1914-1919 Memorial, Reading Rooms, Trinity College Dublin
10 Lieutenant Ernest Magowan Harper Brother of Edgar Henry Harper
11 National Archives UK Medal Card can be purchased here
Dungannon District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2015-2023