Kingston upon Hull War Memorial 1914 - 1918

The story of Hull in World War One

Jack Harrison VC, MC

Another Hull FC Rugby player, Lieutenant, Jack Harrison, of the East Yorkshire Regiment won the Victoria Cross posthumously, at Oppy Wood, on the 3rd May 1917. Jack Harrison was a record try scorer for Hull, scoring 52 tries in one season and 106 tries in 116 matches up to 1916. He was also a school Teacher at Lime Street school, one of 23 Hull Teachers killed in the First World War. 

A memorial to Jack Harrison stands outside the KC Stadium in memory of his life’s achievements.

Jack and his wife Lillian Harrison lived at 75 Wharncliffe Street with their only child. Their son John later became a Captain in the West Yorkshire Regiment and was killed defending Dunkirk in 1940.

Jack Harrison VC, MC, is listed on the memorial at St Mary’s Church, Lowgate. His Victoria Cross was bequeathed to Hull City Council and a bronze memorial plaque with his medal citation hangs in the Guildhall today.

'One of Hull's True Heroes' -