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Sydney Harris


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Harris, Sydney. (Sidney); b. September 5, 1916, Leeds, England; English; POW; Placed in the Jewish Orphanage; Attended Hyde Park High School in Chicago, Illinois; Single; Salesman for a woolens company; YCL 1937; Traveled on a a British passport (Canadian passport); Sailed November 6, 1937 aboard the Lafayette; Arrived in Spain on November 27, 1937; Served with the  XV BDE, Lincoln-Washington BN; Rank Sargento; Served at Teruel and the Retreats; Reported MIA Retreats;  WIA on April 2, 1938;  Captured on April 3, 1938 near Gandesa;  Released April 26, 1939 with the last of the Canadian POWs; WWII volunteered to serve in the US Army but was rejected; d. July 8, 1989, Chicago, Illinois.


Sources: Sail (under Harris, Sydney); SACB; Cadre; BN 58 Retreats; POW; ALBA 50 Sydney Harris Papers; William Mullen, "Sentimental Journey" Clipping from VALB; Magda Krance, "Loving Sydney" Clipping from VALB; (obituary) The Volunteer, Volume 12, No. 1; "Sydney Harris, 72, Photographer, Vet of Spanish war," Chicago Sun Times, July 10, 1989; "Sydney Harris," Chicago Sun Times, July 21, 1989.

Photograph: Sydney Harris with other POWs. Courtesy J. Harris.



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Syd Harris with two unidentified individuals

Syd Harris (tallest on the steps) with other recently released POWs

Sidney Harris detail from POW photograph

Sidney Harris with other recently released POWs. Harris standing far left

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Last Name Harris
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