Ross Ambrose Harrison signature

On this day in 1917, Ross Ambrose Harrison was killed at Camp Taliaferro in Texas, while training with 78 Canadian Training Squadron, part of the 42nd Wing of the Royal Flying Corps which had moved from Deseronto to Texas for the winter.

View of Camp Taliaferro, Texas (2009.20 (35))

Harrison was born in Kingston, Ontario on April 20th, 1892, the son of Thomas Harrison and Bridget (née McCummiskey). He signed up in Toronto on September 1st, 1917. The official casualty card for the incident notes that he was alone in his Curtiss JN4 aircraft at the time of the accident and that its cause was unknown. His body was brought back to Ontario and buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kingston.

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