Jack Harrison VC: Hero of World War I

Jack Harrison VC: Hero of World War I

Jack Harrison was an outstanding player of Northern Union rugby (rugby league) for Hull FC before World War I. He still holds the Hull FC record for teh number of tries scored in one season.

 

This resource covers his career in rugby and as a schoolteacher. Jack was also a loving family man, marrying in 1915. 

 

Jack answered Kitchener's call for volunteers and enlisted for the armed forces at the start of World War I. He died as a hero on the Western Front, and was awarded Britain's highest military honour, the Victoria Cross. Jack's son, still an infant when Jack was killed, also died prematurely in wartime, during the evacuation of Dunkirk in World War II.

 

This is the moving story of an intelligent, compassionate, loving family man and brilliant sportsman. It covers the themes of recruitment, volunteering, World War I and also touches on World War II. It is designed as a school assembly or PSHE lesson on the theme of Remembrance.       

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